A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
2/17/1920 Adam Hall is born
February 17, 1920. Like any good spy writer, Adam Hall was born under an alias. All right, he was born with the name Trevor Dudley-Smith, and changed it to Elleston Trevor. It was under that name he wrote The Flight of the Phoenix, which has been filmed twice.
But in our field he is best known for the books he wrote as Adam Hall, about a spy named Quiller. The first one The Quiller Memorandum, won the Edgar for best mystery novel. It was filmed in 1966. Among his other pseudonyms was Simon Rattray, whose books featured an amateur detective named Hugh Bishop.