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John Dickson Carr
John Dickson Carr (1906 – 1977) was an American author of detective stories, often referred to as ‘The King of The Locked Room Mystery ‘. Carr published under his own name, most notably producing the Dr. Gideon Fell series, and also under the pen name of Carter Dickson, famous for the Sir Henry Merrivale series.
Carr was one of the greatest writers of the so-called “Golden Age” of mystery fiction, writing complex, plot-driven stories in which the puzzle is paramount. He was clearly influenced by the works of Gaston Leroux, the Father Brown stories of G. K. Chesterton, and Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. He was a master of the locked room mystery, in which a detective solves apparently impossible crimes. The Dr. Fell mystery, ‘The Hollow Man’ (1935), is usually considered to be Carr’s masterpiece, and was selected in a 1981 survey of experts, organized by Edward D. Hoch, as the best locked-room mystery of all time. There can be little doubt that Carr was, and still remains, the single most important author in the Locked Room and Impossible Crime sub-genre!
A resident of England for a number of years, Carr is often grouped among the “British-style” mystery writers. Most (though not all) of his novels had English settings, especially country villages and estates, and English characters, and his two best-known fictional detectives were both English. Carr was also a pioneer of the historical mystery genre.
(Source: Edited from Wikipedia John Dickson Carr)
Carr wrote 46 novels, under his own name, and another 26 under the pen name Carter Dickson – plus over 100 short stories, plays, radio plays, and non-fiction, under both names. Due to the large number of works written by this prolific author, his works have been divided into five different pages at our sister website locked room.ca