Search - List of Books by Bill S. Ballinger

Bill S. Ballinger (born William Sanborn Ballinger on 13 March 1912 in Oskaloosa, Iowa, died 23 March 1980 Tarzana, California) was a prolific American author and screenwriter. He was educated at the University of Wisconsin and was an associate professor of writing at the California State University Northridge, Los Angeles, California.

Working in radio and advertising in the early 1940's, Ballinger wrote 81 radio scripts and produced The Dinah Shore Show, The Breakfast Club, and Lowell Thomas broadcasts. After Ballinger moved from New York to Los Angeles he began writing full time.

The author of 30 books, Ballinger also used the names B.S. Sanborn and Frederic Fryer. The first was The Body in the Bed in 1948. His most famous work was 1950's Portrait in Smoke that received a Les Grands Maîtres du Roman Policier Award and was filmed in 1956 as Wicked as they Come. Ballinger's two main fictional characters in his novels were Chicago private investigator Barr Breed and Native American Central Intelligence Agency Agent Joaquin Hawke. He received an Edgar Allan Poe Award for The Longest Second in 1958.

Ballinger was a frequent writer for American television with 150 teleplays to his name. These included seven teleplays for Alfred Hitchcock Presents, two episodes of The Night Stalker, several police television shows such as Tightrope and Ironside and the episode "The Mice" for The Outer Limits.

In addition to his books and teleplays, Ballinger wrote screenplays for Burt Topper's The Strangler (1963) and Operation CIA (1965), a Burt Reynolds spy film set in Vietnam but filmed in Thailand.
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Total Books: 27
Portrait in Smoke/the Tooth and the Nail/2 Mysteries in 1 Book
The Corsican
1986 - The Corsican (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780931773617
ISBN-10: 093177361X
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Heist Me Higher
1971 - Heist Me Higher (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780709121176
ISBN-10: 0709121172

Spy in the Java Sea
1966 - Spy in the Java Sea (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780451029812
ISBN-10: 045102981X

Chinese Mask
1965 - Chinese Mask (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780451027153
ISBN-10: 0451027159
Genre: Literature & Fiction

A Beacon in the Night
1960 - A Beacon in the Night (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780451017949
ISBN-10: 0451017943

The Tooth and the Nail
1956 - The Tooth and the Nail [Vintage Signet #1319] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780451013194
ISBN-10: 0451013190

The Body Beautiful
1956 - The Body Beautiful [Vintage Signet, 1274] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780451012746
ISBN-10: 0451012747

Beautiful Trap
1954 - Beautiful Trap (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780451011343
ISBN-10: 0451011341

The Ultimate Warrior
The Ultimate Warrior (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780352398055
ISBN-10: 0352398051

The Body in the Bed
The Body in the Bed [Signet Books] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780451007308
ISBN-10: 0451007301

Portrait In Smoke
Portrait in Smoke [Vintage Signet #897] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780451008978
ISBN-10: 0451008979

Spy in the Jungle
Spy in the Jungle (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780451026743
ISBN-10: 0451026748

Spy in Bangkok
Spy in Bangkok (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780451028204
ISBN-10: 0451028201
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The California story Credit unions' first fifty years
The California Story Credit Unions' First Fifty Years (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780840320308
ISBN-10: 0840320302