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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Dorothy Salisbury Davis  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Crime Fiction Historical Fiction Mystery

Audience: Adult;

Born: April 25, 1916 in Chicago, Illinois

Died: August 7, 2014 in Palisades, New York

-- Dorothy Salisbury Davis on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Davis was born and raised in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dorothy Davis was an award winning writer. She was the author of 20 novels, seventeen of which were mysteries and three were historical novels. She also wrote numerous short stories. In 1985, The Mystery Writers of America gave Mrs. Davis a lifetime achievement award, and she came to be regarded as a grande dame among crime writers. She helped found Sisters in Crime in 1986. Davis spent her early childhood in Rhinelander, Wisconsin and in Chicago. She studied literature at Barat College in Lake Forest, Illinois and graduated in 1938. Davis worked for Swift & Co. in Chicago, Illinois as a research librarian and was an editor of ''The Merchandiser''. She was a member of the board of directors of the Palisades Free Library, an honorary member of board of directors of the Rockland County Center for the Arts and a member of the Adams Round Table.She was married to actor, Harry Davis, until his death in 1993. They were married for 47 years. At the time of her death, Davis lived in Palisades, New York. Her literary agency was McIntosh & Otis, Inc., in New York City.

Published Works

    The Judas Cat, Bantam, 1949A Gentle Murderer, Scribner's, 1951The Clay Hand, Bantam, 1952Men of No Property, Scribner’s, 1956A Gentleman Called, Dell, 1958Old Sinners Never Die, Scribner's, 1960Death of an Old Sinner, Ballantine, 1961Black Sheep, White Lamb, Scribner's, 1964The Pale Betrayer, Avon, 1965Enemy and Brother, Scribner's, 1967God Speed the Night, Scribner's, 1969 - written with Jerome RossWhere the Dark Streets Go, Avon, 1970Crime without Murder, Victor Gollancz, 1972Shock Wave, Scribner's, 1974Little Brothers, Barker, 1974A Death in the Life, Vivisphere Publishing , 1976Scarlet Night, Scribner's, 1980Lullaby of Murder, Worldwide Library, 1984Tales for a Stormy Night, Foul Play, 1984The Habit of Fear, Worldwide Library, 1987In the Still of the Night, Five Star, 2001A Town of Masks, Dell, 2001

Selected Titles At Your Library

Where the dark streets go /
ISBN: 0380701316. OCLC Number:

Avon,. New York :. 1986, ©1969.

Crime without murder :
ISBN: 0575014067. OCLC Number:

Gollancz,. London :. 1972.

The Little Brothers /
ISBN: 0213164736. OCLC Number:

Barker,. London :. 1974.

A death in the life /
ISBN: 1892323869. OCLC Number:

McIntosh & Otis Books,. New York :. [1998?]

Scarlet night /
ISBN: 0380551292. OCLC Number:

Avon,. New York :. 1981, ©1980.

Lullaby of murder /
ISBN: 0373260210. OCLC Number:

Worldwide,. Toronto :. 1989, c1984.

The habit of fear /
ISBN: 0373260318. OCLC Number:

Worldwide,. Toronto ;. 1989, ©1987.

In the still of the night :
ISBN: 078623007X. OCLC Number:

Five Star,. Unity, Me. :. 2001.


Seven Edgar nominations Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award in 1985