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I've always admired writers who write fast. But W. T. Ballard struck me as someone who wrote at the speed of light. Ballard once estimated he put about a million words a year on paper. His creative production was nothing short of phenomenal --more than sixty Westerns, over twenty pulp detective fiction novels, and about fifty screenplays, and about a thousand short stories and novelettes for the pulps. Read all about “AUTHOR W.T. BALLARD.” http://tomrizzo.com/author-ballard/

I've always admired writers who write fast. But W. T. Ballard struck me as someone who wrote at the speed of light. Ballard once estimated he put about a million words a year on paper. His creative production was nothing short of phenomenal --more than sixty Westerns, over twenty pulp detective fiction novels, and about fifty screenplays, and about a thousand short stories and novelettes for the pulps. Read all about “AUTHOR W.T. BALLARD.” http://tomrizzo.com/author-ballard/

Cornell Woolrich wrote 22 novels and over 200 short stories. He's considered the father of noir fiction in America, but most of the public didn't know him. In fact, most of those who knew Woolrich considered him a loner. A man of mystery. A man with few friends. Read about  AUTHOR CORNELL WOOLRICH http://tomrizzo.com/author-cornell-woolrich/

Cornell Woolrich wrote 22 novels and over 200 short stories. He's considered the father of noir fiction in America, but most of the public didn't know him. In fact, most of those who knew Woolrich considered him a loner. A man of mystery. A man with few friends. Read about AUTHOR CORNELL WOOLRICH http://tomrizzo.com/author-cornell-woolrich/

When Salvatore Albert Lombino decided to write novels, he went to court and changed his name to Evan Hunter—better known to crime fiction fans as Ed McBain. McBain used several pen names to write over 100 novels that sold over 100 million copies. He often gets credit for creating the police procedural. Read all about AUTHOR ED McBAIN. http://tomrizzo.com/author-ed-mcbain/

When Salvatore Albert Lombino decided to write novels, he went to court and changed his name to Evan Hunter—better known to crime fiction fans as Ed McBain. McBain used several pen names to write over 100 novels that sold over 100 million copies. He often gets credit for creating the police procedural. Read all about AUTHOR ED McBAIN. http://tomrizzo.com/author-ed-mcbain/

"Samuel Dashiell Hammett was an American author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories, a screenplay writer, and political activist. Among the enduring characters he created are Sam Spade, Nick and Nora Charles, and the Continental Op."

Samuel Dashiell Hammett was an American author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories, a screenplay writer, and political activist. Among the enduring characters he created are Sam Spade, Nick and Nora Charles, and the Continental Op.

Great Literary Late Bloomer - By Emily Temple -- Raymond Chandler -  At 44 years of age, he lost his job and decided to become a detective fiction writer. He published his first short story in 1933, and his first and most famous novel, THE BIG SLEEP in 1939.

10 Great Literary Late Bloomers

Raymond Chandler, writer who invented (together with Hammett) hard-boiled detective genre that uncovers the dirt behind the thin veneer of respected bourgeois life

The Hot Rock By Donald E. Westlake - From a legendary, Edgar Award–winning author! In a gripping thriller “filled with action and imagination” (The New York Times Book Review), John Dortmunder agrees to steal a famous emerald — but his perfect heist could spark a war…

The Hot Rock

AUTHOR ZANE GREY « Tom Rizzo  - Zane Grey wrote nearly 90 novels, considered one of the most popular authors of the 20th century. http://tomrizzo.com/author-zane-grey/

AUTHOR ZANE GREY « Tom Rizzo - Zane Grey wrote nearly 90 novels, considered one of the most popular authors of the 20th century. http://tomrizzo.com/author-zane-grey/

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