Friday, November 21, 2008

Mystery Author George Clark Chesbro Dies

The Albany (NY) Times Union is reporting that mystery author George Clark Chesbro has died. He was 68.

Though Chesbro wrote several different types of novels, his most popular featured Mongo the Magnificent, a dwarf and former circus performer who worked as a private investigator. His prodigious output also included more than 100 published short stories in espionage, science fiction, and a hybrid genre known as tech noir. In addition, he wrote screenplays and books under the pen name of David Cross. Chesbro won an Ellery Queen Award and served as president of the Mystery Writers Association.

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