A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Friday, April 17, 2015
4/17/1919 Julian Fast is born
April 17, 1919. Julian Fast was born on this day. In 1946 he won the very first Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America, for his novel, Watchful At Night, which he wrote while serving in the Army Medical Corps. He wrote several more detective novels but is perhaps most famous for his pop psychology books, especially Body Language (1970). His big brother, Howard Fast, was also a the author of many books, including mysteries under the name E.V. Cunningham..
About the illustration: I couldn't find a picture of the cover of Watchful At Night, but Out Of This World is a fantasy collection Fast edited while still in the Army.