Sunday, December 21, 2008

Mystery Author Julius Fast Dies

Acclaimed mystery author Julius Fast died earlier this week in Kingston, NY. He was 89.

Fast won the debut given out by the Mystery Writers of America in 1946 for his first novel Watchful at Night which he wrote while serving in the Army during World War II. He followed up this book with several other well-received detective novels before turning his attention to non-fiction. His subsequent work covered a wide range of subjects from the Beatles to pop psychology.

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