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Author Information: Helen McCloy

 
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Helen McCloy (1904-1944), was born in New York City. Her mother was the writer Helen Worrell McCloy. Her first novel, Dance of Death, introducing her psychoanalyst detective Dr. Basil Willing, was published in 1938. In 1946 she married Davis Dresser ("Brett Halliday"), creator of Mike Shayne: together they founded the Torquil Publishing Company and the literary agency Halliday and McCloy. The marriage ended in 1961. In 1950 McCloy became the first woman to serve as president of the Mystery Writers of America. She received that organization's Edgar award in 1953 for her contributions in the field of mystery criticism.

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