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Craig Rice (pseudonym of Georgiana Ann Craig; 1908—1957) was an American author of mystery novels and short stories, sometimes described as "the Dorothy Parker of detective fiction." She was the first mystery writer to appear on the cover of Time Magazine, on January 28, 1946.

Craig Rice "apparently spent her early life working in (Chicago) on radio and in public relations. For a number of years she tried unsuccessfully to write novels, poetry and music, but it was not until her first story of John J. Malone, which she published under her birth surname and adopted surname [Craig Rice], that she enjoyed some hard-won success."

Gritty but humorous, Rice's stories uniquely combine the hardboiled detective tradition with no-holds-barred, screwball comedy. Most of her output features a memorable trio of protagonists: Jake Justus, a handsome but none too bright press agent with his heart in the right place; Helene Brand, a rich heiress and hard-drinking party animal par excellence (to become Mrs. Justus in the later novels); and John Joseph Malone, a hard-drinking, small-time lawyer (though both his cryptic conversation and sartorial habits are more reminiscent of such official or private gumshoes as Lieutenant Columbo). Against the odds and often apparently more by luck than skill, these three manage to solve crimes whose details are often burlesque and surreal, sometimes to the point of grand guignol, and all involving the perpetually exasperated Captain Daniel Von Flanagan of the Homicide Squad. A few stories feature the team of Bingo Riggs and Handsome Kusak, small-time grifters who become involved in criminal situations and have to dig themselves free by solving the mystery.

Craig Rice also ghostwrote for a number of celebrities, including Gypsy Rose Lee and George Sanders. "While the collaboration with Gypsy is often reported, this claim cannot be independently verified."Her association with Sanders came about as a result of her work on the screenplays of two of The Falcon movies, The Falcon's Brother (1942, Sanders's final outing as The Falcon) and The Falcon in Danger (1943, when Sanders's brother Tom Conway had taken over the role). She collaborated with fellow mystery writer Stuart Palmer on screenplays and short stories and with Ed McBain on a novel for which she furnished the principal characters, Bingo Riggs and Handsome Kusak. (The "collaboration" with McBain is a "posthumous collaboration in which McBain completed an unfinished book begun by Rice. In a foreword to at least one edition of the book, McBain wrote that the book was essentially half-finished in first draft, but there were no notes as tohow she had intended to continue it, so that he had to solve the mystery himself before completing the MS.)

She had three children, two daughters and a son. "Craig Rice kept very few personal records. She was conventionally wed four times with other affairs." One of her husbands was beat poet Lawrence Lipton. A reader of her 1944 novel [1]Home Sweet Homicide might be excused for believing that it was based on her experiences with her own children; the children solve a mystery while their mother, oblivious to their antics and everything else around her, tries to finish writing a mystery novel. The novel is told from the children's point of view.

Emulating the wild lifestyle of her characters, Rice developed chronic alcoholism and made several suicide attempts. She also suffered from deteriorating health, including deafness in one ear and blindness in one eye with incipient glaucoma in the other. She died of apparently natural causes shortly before her fiftieth birthday.

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Total Books: 31
Once Upon a Train
2011 - Once Upon a Train [Fantasy and Horror Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781447405382
ISBN-10: 1447405382
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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Home Sweet Homicide
2002 - Home Sweet Homicide (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780915230532
ISBN-10: 0915230534
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 4

Murder Mystery and Malone
2002 - Murder Mystery and Malone [Crippen Landau Lost Classics] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781885941701
ISBN-10: 1885941706
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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The 100000 Resume
1998 - The 100000 Resume (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780070525863
ISBN-10: 0070525862
Genre: Business & Money
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1

The Lucky Stiff
1992 - The Lucky Stiff (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781558821361
ISBN-10: 1558821368
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 1

Knocked for a Loop
1992 - Knocked for a Loop [John J. Malone - aka The Double Frame - Large Print] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780862208363
ISBN-10: 086220836X
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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Having Wonderful Crime
1992 - Having Wonderful Crime [Library of Crime Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781558821255
ISBN-10: 1558821252
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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People vs Withers   Malone
1991 - People Vs Withers Malone [Library of Crime Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781558820777
ISBN-10: 1558820779
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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Right Murder
1991 - Right Murder [Library Crime Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781558820784
ISBN-10: 1558820787
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1

Trial by Fury
1991 - Trial By Fury (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781558820913
ISBN-10: 1558820914
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4.8/5 Stars.
 2

The Wrong Murder
1990 - The Wrong Murder [Library of Crime Classics] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781558820678
ISBN-10: 1558820671
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 3

The Corpse Steps Out
1989 - The Corpse Steps Out [Crime Classic] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781558820227
ISBN-10: 1558820221
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1

8 Faces at 3
1989 - 8 Faces at 3 (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781558820074
ISBN-10: 1558820078
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 2

Fourth Postman
1987 - Fourth Postman [John J. Malone, Bk 9] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780553266948
ISBN-10: 0553266942
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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My Kingdom for a Hearse
1986 - My Kingdom for a Hearse [John J. Malone, Bk 11] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780553262223
ISBN-10: 055326222X
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 7

Having a Wonderful Crime
1986 - Having a Wonderful Crime (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780553263459
ISBN-10: 0553263455
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 4

THE NAME IS MALONE
1958 - The Name Is Malone (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781015503502
ISBN-10: 1015503500
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The Big Midget Murders
1948 - The Big Midget Murders (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780671105280
ISBN-10: 0671105280
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine December 1951
Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine December 1951 [Volume 18 No. 97] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9785171351120
ISBN-10: 5171351120
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