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Richard McCloud is the pen name of a veteran adventure story writer who has combined the career of a Hemingway with the sort of life Hemingway might have envied. He grew up in the great days of the pulps, writing an enormous number of action stories under 17 different names for Street and Smith. McCloud has been a San Francisco longshoreman, a lumberjack in the Sierras, a cowhand on New Mexico cattle ranches, and New York Canal pilot. He spent 12 years at sea, five of them along the China coast during the days of extraterritoriality. During four years of WWII convoy duty, he was aboard the Lancaster when it was torpedoed off Casablanca in 1942 and lost 13 crewmen. In another convoy he saw ten ships torpedoed with only three survivors. Many of these experiences and his far-ranging travels in the Orient are now finding their way into his recent adventure and mystery fiction. McCloud researches his fiction with an implacable thoroughness.