S.S. Van Dine

Pseudonym of Willard Huntington Wright. He was born in Charlotsville, Virginia. He attended college in California and later studied art in Paris and Munich. Wright was literary critic for the Los Angeles Times and several periodicals and was editor of the Smart Set from 1912 to 1914. The first books he wrote were chiefly art criticism. In 1926, he created 'Philo Vance', a wealthy connoisseur of the arts and amateur detective who assists the district attorney with his investigations.


Titles and year of publication:  

 1) The Benson Murder Case  1926
 2) The Canary Murder Case  1927
 3) The Greene Murder Case  1928
 4) The Bishop Murder Case  1929
 5) The Scarab Murder Case  1930
 6) The Kennel Murder Case  1933
 7) The Dragon Murder Case  1933
 8) The Casino Murder Case  1934
 9) The Garden Murder Case  1935
10) The Kidnap Murder Case  1936
11) The Gracie Allen Murder Case (Also published as: The Smell of Murder [1950])  1938
12) The Winter Murder Case  1939