S. S. Van Dine (13 books)


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S. S. Van Dine was the pseudonym of Willard Huntington Wright (October 15, 1888 - April 11, 1939), a U.S. art critic and author. He created the once immensely popular fictional detective Philo Vance, who first appeared in books in the 1920s, then in movies and on the radio.

Willard Huntington Wright was born to Archibald Davenport Wright and Annie Van Vranken Wright on October 15, 1888, in Charlottesville,… (more)


Twenty Rules For Writing Detective Stories

The Benson Murder Case

by S. S. Van Dine

This novel opens with the death of playboy stockbroker, Alvin Benson, who is found in his brownstone mansion with a bullet through his head. First on the scene is Philo Vance, amateur detective, who is at once...

The "Canary" Murder Case

by S. S. Van Dine

In the offices of the Homicide Bureau of the Detective Division of the New York Police Department, on the third floor of the police headquarters building in Centre Street, there is a large steel filing cabinet;...

The Bishop Murder Case

The Winter Murder Case

The Greene Murder Case

The Gracie Allen Murder Case

The Casino Murder Case

The Scarab Murder Case

The Dragon Murder Case

The Kidnap Murder Case

The Garden Murder Case

The Kennel Murder Case

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