H. CRITICISM, BIOGRAPHY, and BIBLIOGRAPHY: An Annotated List
Binyon, T.J. Murder Will Out: The Detective in Fiction. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 1989: 31.
ACCOUNTANCY: Again a trick seems to have been missed here. The accountant can come across as much fraudulent activity as the insurance investigator, though he is perhaps less likely to encounter murder. At the same time he can be much more of a free agent. Yet only two authors worth noting have made use of the profession. Both are accountants themselves, and both employ intricacies of income tax or company balance sheets to good effect. David Dodge (b. 1910) uses a Californian accountant, Whit Whitney, in a series of books -- Death and Taxes (1941) is the first ... [N.B. Clark Smith (b. 1919) is the other author discussed.]
Boucher, Anthony. San Francisco Chronicle (June 30, 1946). Reprinted: Nevins, Francis M., ed. The Anthony Boucher Chronicles. Shreveport, La.: Ramble House, 2005.
David Dodge of San Francisco has joined Simon & Schusters Inner Sanctum stable; and I dont know whether to congratulate editor Lee Wright on getting such an author or Dodge on getting such an editor ... When S&Ss entrancing maid-of-all-work Elinor Green was informed that the firms newest prize was leaving for Central America, she observed: Well, thats the way it is—here today, Guatemala.
Brandt, Randal S. Al Colby. The Thrilling Detective Web Site, June 1999. http://www.thrillingdetective.com/colby.html
———. The Book You Have to Read: Carambola by David Dodge. The Rap Sheet, April 26, 2013. http://therapsheet.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-book-you-have-to-read-carambola-by.html
———. Breakfast with David Dodge. A Second Helping of Murder: More Diabolically Delicious Recipes from Contemporary Mystery Writers, edited by Jo Grossman and Robert Weibezahl. Scottsdale, Ariz.: Poisoned Pen Press, 2003: 51-52.
Brief biographical sketch, with blurb and excerpt from Bullets for the Bridegroom. [buy this book]
———. A Conversation with Randal S. Brandt. Lowestoft Chronicle, Summer Issue 10 (June 2012). http://www.lowestoftchronicle.com/issues/issue10/randalsbrandt.html
Interview with Randal S. Brandt about the discovery of The Last Match and latest research efforts. Reviewed in The Review Review by Tara Smith, and cited in The Rap Sheet, The Happiness Engine (Nicholas Rombes), Berkeleyside, and by author James Reasoner.
———. A Conversation with Randal S. Brandt. Intrepid Travelers, ed. Nicholas Litchfield. Cambridge, Mass.: Lowestoft Chronicle Press, 2013.
Reprint of the interview that first appeared in Lowestoft Chronicle. Reviewed in the Lancashire Evening Post by Pam Norfolk (May 30, 2013).
———. David Dodge. The Internet Movie Database. http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0230196/
———. David Dodge (1910-1974). The Thrilling Detective Web Site, June 1999. http://www.thrillingdetective.com/trivia/dodge.html
———. David Dodge: Cal Man in the End. Bancroftiana 143 (Fall 2013): 6-7.
Biographical sketch highlighting research conducted by Randal S. Brandt and Dodge-related archival materials donated to The Bancroft Library. [Also available online]
———. David Dodges Long Escape. Introduction to The Long Escape, by David Dodge. Eugene, Or.: Bruin Books, 2011: [i]-v.
Biographical introduction to new edition of The Long Escape. [buy this book]
———. The Easiest Eighty Thousand Words Ever Put Together: The Story Behind the Story of To Catch a Thief by David Dodge. The Rap Sheet, August 5, 2020. http://therapsheet.blogspot.com/2020/08/the-easiest-eighty-thousand-words-ever.html
———. The Easiest Eighty Thousand Words Ever Put Together: David Dodge and To Catch a Thief. Book Club of Washington, February 21, 2021.
Illustrated talk for the Book Club of Washington that relates the origin story behind the inspiration for Dodges best-known novel. [Program description | Program on YouTube]
———. Happy Birthday, Mr. Dodge. Mystery Fanfare, August 18, 2010. http://mysteryreadersinc.blogspot.com/2010/08/happy-birthday-mr-dodge.html
Biographical sketch marking Dodges 100th birthday and the publication of Death and Taxes by Bruin Books.
———. James Whit Whitney. The Thrilling Detective Web Site, June 1999. http://www.thrillingdetective.com/whitney.html
———. No Ordinary Public Accountant. Introduction to Death and Taxes, by David Dodge. Eugene, Or.: Bruin Books, 2010: [i]-ix.
Biographical introduction to new edition of Death and Taxes. [buy this book]
———. Randal S. Brandts David Dodge Discoveries. Mystery Fanfare, June 11, 2012. http://mysteryreadersinc.blogspot.com/2012/06/randal-s-brandts-david-dodge.html
Reprint of the interview, A Conversation with Randal S. Brandt, that first appeared in Lowestoft Chronicle.
———. Return of the Cat. Mystery Fanfare, November 17, 2010. http://mysteryreadersinc.blogspot.com/2010/11/return-of-cat.html
Biographical sketch and announcement of the publication of To Catch a Thief by Bruin Books.
———. Set a Thief. Introduction to To Catch a Thief, by David Dodge. Eugene, Or.: Bruin Books, 2010: [i]-ix.
Biographical introduction to new edition of To Catch a Thief. [buy this book]
———. This Is For Kendal. Introduction to Carambola, by David Dodge. Eugene, Or.: Bruin Books, 2016: i-vi.
Biographical introduction to new edition of Carambola. [buy this book]
———. This Is How It All Began. Mystery Fanfare, December 19, 2011. http://mysteryreadersinc.blogspot.com/2011/12/long-escape-randal-s-brandt-on-david.html
Biographical sketch and announcement of the publication of The Long Escape by Bruin Books.
Brandt, Randal, and Maria Brandt. David Dodge Explores the Curves of the Côte dAzur. Mystery Readers Journal [Berkeley, Calif.] 16, no. 2 (Summer 2000): 29-31.
Critical essay discussing Dodges use of France as a setting for To Catch a Thief, Angels Ransom, and Carambola. Details the recurring use of images of southern Frances geography and the de facto uniform of the French beach—the bikini. [Read the entire article here]
Breen, Jon L. Clever Banter, International Travel, and a Talent for Twists: David Dodges Sophisticated Crimes. Mystery Scene 119 (Spring 2011): 26-27.
Reviews of the Bruin Books editions of Death and Taxes and To Catch a Thief. [Read the entire article here]
Bruce, John. Macondray Lane. San Francisco Call-Bulletin 136, no. 60 (September 28, 1934): .
Newspaper article about Macondria and the Macondray Lane Players.
Buchanan, Jean. In Search of the Villa Noel Fleuri. Afterword to To Catch a Thief, by David Dodge. Eugene, Or.: Bruin Books, 2010: -281.
Afterword to new edition of To Catch a Thief describing the Jean Buchanans efforts to locate the villa that Dodge rented in the South of France while he wrote the novel. [buy this book]
———. In Search of the Villa Noel Fleuri. BBC Radio 4, 2011.
BBC Radio 4 Arts Feature that relates the true story that inspired To Catch a Thief and describes the Jean Buchanans efforts to locate the villa that Dodge rented in the South of France while he wrote the novel. Produced by Marya Burgess. Original broadcast date: January 6, 2011.
———. Mr. Dodge, Mr. Hitchcock, and the French Riviera: The Story Behind To Catch a Thief. Amazon Digital Services, 2014.
Amazon Kindle Single that explores the connection between David Dodges novel, To Catch a Thief, and Alfred Hitchcocks 1955 film adaptation. [buy this book: United States | United Kingdom]
———. To Catch a Thief: From Book to Film to Radio. Romance Matters (Spring 2011): 16.
Brief article describing Buchanans dramatization of the novel for BBC Radio 4 and her efforts to locate the villa that Dodge rented in the South of France while he wrote the novel
Butler, Kendal Dodge. Afterword to The Last Match, by David Dodge. New York: Hard Case Crime, 2006: -319.
Biographical sketch by the authors daughter. [buy this book]
Caen, Herb. Labor Day Throwaway. San Francisco Chronicle (September 2, 1985).
Racing driver Jackie Stewart wants to make a public service TV spot in which hed say Princess Grace would be alive today if she had been wearing a seat belt, but is afraid the royal family would not approve. It could also be said that the former Grace Kelly would be alive today if a late San Franciscan named David Dodge, a one-time tax accountant, had not written a book titled To Catch a Thief, which Hitchcock decided to make into a film starring Grace and Cary Grant in Monaco. There she met Prince Rainier and the rest is history, happiness, and tragedy.
Carroll, Jon. There Are Strange People Out There. San Francisco Chronicle (January 16, 1996): B-8.
The article that (practically) started it all. [Also available online]
Cathro, Morton. Travelin Light. Oakland Tribune (May 27, 1956): M-8.
Newspaper article connecting David Dodge to the marriage of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco. One of the better stories to come out of Monaco after the Rainier-Kelly wedding (are you game for one more?) concerns travel writer David Dodge ... As most of you know, they made a movie out of [To Catch a Thief] and filmed it on location, in Monaco. And as most of you know, Grace met her Prince while working on the picture. So— the man responsible for the years big romance didnt even make the guest list at the wedding.
Cockrell, Cathy. Sleuthing Out Bay Area Mystery Novels. Berkeleyan 34, no. 17 (January 17, 2006): 5.
Article about librarian Randal Brandt and his online bibliography of Bay Area crime fiction, Golden Gate Mysteries. Discusses how his interest in David Dodge led to a wider interest in regional mysteries. [Also available online]
Conquest, John. Trouble Is Their Business: Private Eyes in Fiction, Film, and Television, 1927-1988. New York: Garland, 1990 (Garland Reference Library of the Humanities; v. 1151): 89-90; 364-365.
Travel writer Dodge drew on his knowledge of Central and South America for three far-ranging books about Al Colby, a hardboiled, cynical, tough-guy detective-adventurer based in Mexico City. In earlier days, Dodge was an accountant and used this experience for four very different books about Whit Whitney, a tax accountant whom Sandoe counts as a PI because of his reluctant involvement in various murders. Though they have plenty of action and a medium-hardboiled atmosphere, theres more witty dialogue and cocktails in the screwball comedy style. Both series have fine dialogue, fast pace and sound plotting.
Conrad, Peter. The Hitchcock Murders. London: Faber and Faber, 2000: xii; 109-113; 333.
As part of the discussion of the film version of To Catch a Thief includes a synopsis and analysis of Dodges novel, drawing attention to elements in the novel that are not present in the film.
David Dodge. Mordlust [German]. http://www.mordlust.de/biographie_david_dodge.php
Biographical sketch in German, translated from the home page of A David Dodge Companion. Includes summaries of The Last Match and Plunder of the Sun and a bibliography with titles of German translations.
David Dodge. San Francisco Chronicle (April 5, 1999): E-2.
Overview of Randal Brandts website A David Dodge Companion (article is part of the Chronicles Pagemaster series). [Also available online here or here]
David Dodge. Stop, Youre Killing Me! http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/D_Authors/Dodge_David.html
Bibliography with titles organized by series character (or as non-series).
David Dodge. Wikipedia [German]. https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Dodge
Unsigned biographical sketch in German. Includes bibliography with titles of German translations and external link to a search of Dodge books in the catalog of the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek.
David Dodge (novelist). Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Dodge_(novelist)
Unsigned biographical sketch written by Randal Brandt. Includes bibliography, filmography, and external links.
David Dodge Bibliography: US - UK First Edition Books, Classic Crime Fiction: The Ultimate Crime Fiction Website. http://www.classiccrimefiction.com/david-dodge.htm
David Dodge Was a Tax Counsel. Oakland Tribune (August 13, 1944): 2C.
Unsigned mini biographical sketch, focused on Dodges previous career as a tax accountant.
Décharné, Max. Straight from the Fridge, Dad: A Dictionary of Hipster Slang. Rev. and updated 3rd ed. Harpenden, Herts, England: No Exit Press, 2009: 100.
Entry under It aint hay,: See also the novel It Aint Hay, David Dodge, 1946, where it sure aint hay, its marijuana. [buy this book]
DeRosa, Steven. Writing With Hitchcock: The Collaboration of Alfred Hitchcock and John Michael Hayes. New York: Faber and Faber, 2001.
Examination of the relationship between director Hitchcock and screenwriter Hayes, who scripted To Catch a Thief (1955). Includes a complete synopsis of David Dodges novel and a comparison between the literary version and the screen version. [buy this book]
———. Writing With Hitchcock: The Collaboration of Alfred Hitchcock and John Michael Hayes. 2nd ed. New York: CineScribe Media, 2011.
Updated edition; includes a sequence of the original screenplay for To Catch a Thief (1955) that was deleted from the filmed version (pp. 319-324). [buy this book]
Dodge, David. Golden Age of Detection Wiki. http://gadetection.pbworks.com/Dodge,+David
Unsigned biographical sketch adapted from text written by Randal Brandt. Includes bibliography of detective fiction.
Dodge, David (Francis), 1910-. Contemporary Authors 65-68: 173-174.
Dodge, David (Francis), Aug. 1910-. Current Biography Yearbook 1956: 153-155.
Reprinted from Wilson Library Bulletin, March 1956.
Dodge, David (Francis) (August 18, 1910- ). World Authors, 1950-1970, ed. John Wakeman. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1975: 398-400.
Biographical sketch with bibliography.
Dunn, Adam. Girls, Guns and Money: A Revival of the Pulp Fiction Paperback Genre. CNN.com (November 7, 2005).
Article about Hard Case Crime in the Entertainment section. Gives brief plot description of Plunder of the Sun. [Available online]
Gribbin, Lenore S. Whos Whodunit. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, 1969 (Library Studies; no. 1): 44.
Grossman, Lev. Single Malts and Double Crosses: Hard Boiled Books. Time Magazine 168, no. 14 (October 2, 2006): 69-70.
Article about Hard Case Crime. Features a quote from the opening sentence of The Last Match and a photograph of publisher Charles Ardai. [Also available online]
Hagen, Ordean A. Who Done It?: A Guide to Detective, Mystery and Suspense Fiction. New York: R.R. Bowker, 1969: 121-122.
Includes entries in sections called The Mystery Novel on the Screen (To Catch a Thief, p. 464), Scene of the Crime (France: Carambola (Cannes) and To Catch a Thief (Riviera) , p. 483); South America: The Long Escape (Chile), Plunder of the Sun (Chile, Peru), and The Red Tassel (Bolivia), p. 493; Yugoslavia: The Lights of Skaro, p. 496), Heroes, Villains-and Heroines (Al Colby, p. 515; George MacLeod, p. 549; Lieutenant Webster, p. 583; Detective James Whitney, p. 584).
Hamilton, Denise. A Crime Line of Passion: Charles Ardai Has Gone From Dot-Comming It to Whodunits with Hard Case, a Retro-Style Content Provider. Los Angeles Times (July 2, 2006): E-5.
Article about Hard Case Crime in the Calendar section of the Sunday edition of the L.A. Times. Discusses the origin of the manuscript for The Last Match: Author David Dodge is most famous for To Catch a Thief, but Ardai published his posthumous novel, The Last Match, after a UC Berkeley librarian found an unpublished manuscript among his papers, typed it into the computer and sent it to Hard Case.
Hard Case Crime: Must Retro Publisher. Entertainment Weekly #884/885 (June 30/July 7, 2006): 117.
Article about Hard Case Crime in the Books section of the 2006 Summer Double Issue (#81 in the Must List of 113 people and things we love right now). Hard Case publisher Charles Ardai discusses The Last Match: Fortunately, [Ardai] believes he has found [another book as exciting at Stephen Kings The Colorado Kid]: The Last Match, a lost novel by David Dodge, the guy who wrote the source book for Hitchcocks To Catch a Thief. He died in 1974, and we found this terrific, tough little novel among his papers. [Also available online]
Harrison, Alan. Little Theatres. San Francisco: Works Progress Administration, 1940 (San Francisco Theatre Research 12).
Includes a history of the Macondray Lane Players.
Haycraft, Howard. The Whodunit in World War II. Murder Cavalcade: An Anthology, by Mystery Writers of America, Inc. New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1946: 422-430.
Article examining detective fiction published during the war years. Reprinted from the New York Times Book Review, August 12, 1945. But if the martial years have produced few mystery landmarks (in the sense that the first stories of Dorothy Sayers and S.S. Van Dine and Francis Iles and Dashiell Hammett are hallowed ground to the true whodunit addict) there has been no dearth of competent and entertaining new blood (no pun intended). No span of years can be called sterile which introduced, in America alone, such capable or better newcomers (in approximate order of their appearance) as Raymond Chandler, A.A. Fair, Craig Rice, Hugh Pentecost, Dorothy B. Hughes, Cornell Woolrich, the Lockridges, Elliot Paul, Marion Randolph, Cleve Adams, Lawrence Treat, Frank Gruber, Elizabeth Daly, Barber and Schabelitz, David Keith, Frances Crane, David Dodge, H.R. Steeves, Virginia Perdue, F.W. Bronson, Mitchell Wilson, Katherine Roberts, Mary Collins, Richard Sale, William Irish, Vera Caspary, H.R. Hays, Margaret Millar, A.R. Hilliard, Stanley Hopkins Jr., Lucy Cores, Ruth Fenisong, C.W. Grafton, Margaret Carpenter, Matthew Head, Samuel Rogers, Doris Miles Disney, Hilda Lawrence, H.W. Roden, Bruno Fischer, Rosemary Kutak, Joel Townsley Rogers—to name only those who come first to mind.
Herman, Linda, and Beth Stiel. Corpus Delicti of Mystery Fiction: A Guide to the Body of the Case. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1974: 131.
Not only a great Hitchcock movie, but very fine reading. Entry for To Catch a Thief under Important Additional Titles.
Herron, Don. Collecting San Francisco Mysteries. Don Herrons Official Website. http://www.donherron.com/some-essays/collecting-san-francisco-mysteries/.
Online version of the authors 1981 article. Relates the story of Herrons discovery of David Dodge and includes discussions of Death and Taxes, Shear the Black Sheep, Bullets for the Bridegroom, and It Aint Hay.
———. The Literary World of San Francisco & Its Environs. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1985: 99, 157.
David Dodge lived here [121 19th Avenue] in the 1940s. He had worked as an accountant for McLaren, Goode and Company in the Financial District, but rose quickly to literary fame by creating one of the best detective series set in San Francisco, four novels featuring James Whitney, a hard-boiled Certified Public Accountant. The series began with Death and Taxes in 1941, a fast funny book along the lines of Hammetts The Thin Man ...
———. Murder in the City: San Francisco Mysteries. Firsts: The Book Collectors Magazine, 12, no. 4 (Apr. 2002): 28-35.
An update, revision, and expansion of the authors 1981 article. Relates the story of Herrons discovery of David Dodge and includes discussions of Death and Taxes, Shear the Black Sheep, Bullets for the Bridegroom, and It Aint Hay. [buy this issue]
———. San Francisco Mysteries. Mystery, 3, no. 2 (September 1981): 6-12, 57-59.
Article examines mystery and detective novels set in San Francisco. Relates the story of Herrons discovery of David Dodge and includes discussion of It Aint Hay. Includes a 236-title checklist of San Francisco mysteries (If I hadnt had the wind knocked out of me by David Dodges cousin, I might get a little cocky now and claim this checklist is definitive. But I wont play the sap again.).
———. San Francisco Mysteries. The Argonaut: Journal of the San Francisco Historical Society, 4, no. 1 (Summer 1993): 6-12.
Revision of the authors 1981 article. Relates the story of Herrons discovery of David Dodge and includes discussion of It Aint Hay.
Hubin, Allen J. Crime Fiction, 1749-1980: A Comprehensive Bibliography. New York: Garland, 1984: 119.
Includes entries under title, settings, and series indexes.
———. 1981-1985 Supplement to Crime Fiction, 1749-1980. New York: Garland, 1988: 32.
Entries for film versions of Plunder of the Sun and To Catch a Thief.
———. Crime Fiction III: A Comprehensive Bibliography, 1749-1995. Oakland, Calif.: Locus Press, 2001 (CD-ROM).
Revision of Hubins earlier bibliographies, with similar categories -- hyperlinked for easy navigation of cross-references.
———. Crime Fiction IV: A Comprehensive Bibliography, 1749-2000. Oakland, Calif.: Locus Press, 2005 (CD-ROM).
The last revised edition of Hubins monumental bibliography.
Irv Koons. Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irv_Koons
Unsigned biographical sketch written by Randal Brandt. Includes discussions of his early life, his illustration and design careers, awards and honors, etc.
Keating, H.R.F. Whodunit?: A Guide to Crime, Suspense and Spy Fiction. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1982: 151.
One of the exceptional suspense novelists of the forties and fifties, David Dodge may have deserted the mystery because of the equally exceptional success of his global travel books. His Poor Mans and Rich Mans guides to travel have been best sellers for many years. His first mystery was Death and Taxes (1941) and his first travel book the classic How Green Was My Father (1947). Dodge had literary style as well as being a fine story teller.
Lachman, Marvin. The American Regional Mystery. Minneapolis and San Francisco: Crossover Press, 2000: 361-362
In the chapter on Nevada: The absence of a waiting period also brought people to Reno to be married—for example, the about-to-be-drafted Whit Whitney of Bullets for the Bridegroom (1944) by David Dodge. He and his fiancée arrive at 4 A.M., but he expects to married at once, joking that in Reno Its illegal to sleep. Also, in the chapter on San Francisco, Death and Taxes and It Aint Hay listed in Additional San Francisco Mysteries (p. 423-424).
Landrum, Larry. American Mystery and Detective Novels: A Reference Guide. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1999 (American Popular Culture): 141
David Dodge wrote over a dozen mystery novels, many set in South and Central America, involving several series characters. Death and Taxes (1941) and four other [sic] novels featured a witty couple in the manner of the Charleses and the Norths. He also wrote the highly successful To Catch a Thief (1952). A series featuring John Abraham Lincoln began with Hooligan (1970). [buy this book]
Lovisi, Gary. Dell Map Back Mysteries: They Dont Make Em Like That Anymore! Mystery Scene Blog. http://www.mysteryscenemag.com/blog-article/92-dell-map-back-mysteries-they-dont-make-em-like-that-anymore
Overview of the Dell map backs of the 1940s and 1950s: Other popular writers who had books in the series include David Dodge with It Aint Hay (#27), a crime and drug novel. Its cover illustration depicts Death rowing a boat that carries a giant marijuana cigarette. On the back is a map of San Francisco where marijuana and murder make a thrilling story.
Lupoff, Richard A. The Fog Will Roll In. Left Coast Crime [program]. San Francisco, February 15-18, 1991: 11-14
Northern California has a long history of producing outstanding mystery writers, some of whose books are set hereabouts and others of which are scattered across the globe. David Dodges most famous book, To Catch a Thief, took place in Monaco [sic], but Dodge himself was a Berkeley boy, and the scholarly Art Scott suggests that Dodges PI team of Whit Whitney and Kitty MacLeod were a terrific pair of Nick-and-Nora clones.
———. The Fog Rolls In. Writer at Large. Brooklyn, N.Y.: Gryphon Books, 1998: 89-97.
Reprint of earlier essay, with slightly revised title.
McGilligan, Patrick. Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light. New York: ReganBooks, 2003: 490-496.
As part of the discussion of the film version of To Catch a Thief includes a description of Dodges novel. Also includes descriptions adapted from The Rich Mans Guide to the Riviera. [buy this book]
McMillan [sic] to publish book on Mexico. The News (Mexico City) (March 29, 1967): 38.
Announcement of publication of Fly Down, Drive Mexico (with photograph).
Maddox, Jane. David Dodge. Wilson Library Bulletin 30, no. 7 (March 1956): 494.
David Dodge should be a happy man. He likes to travel and live abroad, and has found the ideal occupation to make this possible--free lance writing .... Dodge stands 6 1 tall, weighs 190 pounds, has hazel eyes and brown hair. He is tri-lingual, speaking French and Spanish as well as English. He is a Democrat. His recreations include guitar-playing, tennis, reading, and always travel. ... He is also a prolific magazine writer. When at home, Dodge lives in Princeton, New Jersey, where his wife works with him as amanuensis.
Melendez, Albert J. The Subject is Murder: A Selective Subject Guide to Mystery Fiction. [Volume 1]. New York: Garland, 1986 (Garland Reference Library of the Humanities; v. 627): 72; 283.
Entries for Angels Ransom in the Murder on the High Seas category, and, inexplicably, The Lights of Skaro in the Who Am I?: Amnesia and Murder category.
———. The Subject is Murder: A Selective Subject Guide to Mystery Fiction. Volume 2. New York: Garland, 1990 (Garland Reference Library of the Humanities; v. 627): 159.
Entry for Bullets for the Bridegroom in the Weddings and Honeymoons category.
Mesplède, Claude. Les années Série Noire. Tome 1, 1945-1959: bibliographie critique dune collection policière. 2e éd. Amiens: Encrage Édition, 1995.
Includes plot summaries and publishing dates for Série Noire translations (see p. 53, Trois Tondus et un Pelé [Shear the Black Sheep]; p. 58, Le Temps des Gros Sous [Death and Taxes]; p. 114, Le Calumet de la Guerre [It Aint Hay]; p. 231, La Rançon de lAnge [Angels Ransom]). In French.
Mesplède, Claude, and Jean-Jacques Schleret. Les auteurs de la Série Noire, 1945-1995. Nantes: Joseph K., 1996: 143-144.
Includes biographical entry on Dodge and a list of his works published in translation as part of Série Noire, and other selected French translations; also includes entry for the television adaptation of Angels Ransom (p. 538). Also includes a complete list of series titles. In French.
———. SN, Voyage au bout de la Noire: inventaire de 732 auteurs et de leurs oeuvres publiés en Séries Noire et Blème, suivi dune filmographie complète. Paris: Futuropolis, 1982: 113-114.
Includes biographical entry on Dodge and a list of his works published in translation as part of Série Noire; also includes entry for the television adaptation of Angels Ransom (p. 427). In French.
Muller, Eddie. Crime Novels Set in the Bay Area. San Francisco Chronicle (May 4, 2008): Books 4. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/05/02/RVLI1088KJ.DTL
Sidebar list (Noir Picks) of Bay Area mystery novels includes Death and Taxes and It Aint Hay; accompanies Mullers essay on Bay Area crime fiction and authors.
Olderr, Steven. Mystery Index: Subject, Settings, and Sleuths of 10,000 Titles. Chicago: American Library Association, 1987: 59.
Bibliography in Main Entry Section (although erroneously listed as Dodge, Daniel, 1910-); volume also includes title, subject and setting, and character indexes.
Pearsall, Jay. Mystery and Crime: The New York Public Library Book of Answers. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995: 90.
Q: Didnt the author of To Catch a Thief (1952) start out writing mysteries about a tax accountant?
A: Yes. David Dodges first four books featured Whit Whitney, a tax accountant and reluctant investigator. The first in the series is Death and Taxes (1941), and all four are in the screwball style of Dashiell Hammetts The Thin Man (1934).
Ritt, Brian. David Dodge. Paperback Confidential: Crime Writers of the Paperback Era. Eureka, Calif.: Stark House Press, 2013: 106-107.
Biographical entry in volume about 132 authors who turned out the dark noirs and hardboiled thrillers, private detective puzzles and psychological suspense, police procedurals and backwood melodramas, stories of passion... and cold-blooded murder. Includes bibliography. Los Angeles Times review
Rizzo, Tom. Author David F. Dodge. Tom Rizzo, Storyteller, November 6, 2016. https://tomrizzo.com/david-dodge/
Rudolph, Janet. Hills of Homicide: The Mysteries of San Francisco—Books. The Rap Sheet, August 18, 2010. http://therapsheet.blogspot.com/2010/08/hills-of-homicide-mysteries-of-san.html
Annotated list of 10 mystery novels set in San Francisco; includes Death and Taxes (no. 2).
———. Tax Day Mysteries: April 15. Mystery Fanfare, April 15, 2010. http://mysteryreadersinc.blogspot.com/2010/04/tax-day-mysteries-april-15.html
Discussion of tax-themed mysteries; includes Death and Taxes.
Sandoe, James. The Hard-Boiled Dick: A Personal Check-list. Chicago: Arthur Lovell, 1952: 3.
Scott, Art. Dodge, David (Francis). Twentieth-Century Crime and Mystery Writers. 3rd ed. Chicago: St. James Press, 1991: 326-327.
Prior to becoming a writer, David Dodge was an accountant and he drew on this background in creating his first series character, Whit Whitney, a tax accountant and unwilling investigator of assorted murders. The first Whitney novel, Death and Taxes, is very much in the tradition of the screwball comedy mystery style which began with Dashiell Hammetts The Thin Man and reached an apex in the Bill Crane novels of Jonathan Latimer. There is a good bit of action and a medium-hard-boiled atmosphere, but the focus is on sharp, witty dialogue, with much attendant consumption of cocktails. Whitney is a likable, generally bemused hero, not particularly happy with having to solve murders, but not lacking in brains and courage when called for. Kitty MacLeod, Whitneys girlfriend (and later his wife), plays the Nora Charles role to Whits Nick in fine fashion. The four Whitney novels are consistently well-crafted and entertaining examples of the screwball style.
Dodge became a world traveler, and began a second career as a writer of humorous travel books. He dropped the Whitney series and thereafter drew on his familiarity with exotic locales for his later books. The Côte dAzur is the setting for both Angels Ransom, a crackling suspense yarn involving the kidnapping of the kept woman [sic] of a rich American wastrel, and To Catch a Thief, Dodges best-known book, which Hitchcock made into a memorable movie with Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.
Central and South America was Dodges favorite locale, and the scenery figures prominently in the three continent-spanning adventures of Al Colby, a hard-boiled private investigator based in Mexico City. In contrast to Whitney, Colby is a cynical tough-guy detective-adventurer; the light touch of the Whitney novels is consequently absent in the Colby novels, but the crisp dialogue, fast pace, and thoroughly professional plotting are not.
Includes a comprehensive bibliography.
Scott, Tom. San Miguel de Allende. Vistas [Sunday supplement to The News (Mexico City)] (December 19, 1971): 12-13.
A San Miguel resident, Elva (Mrs. David) Dodge, has undertaken the pioneer project of cataloging and classifying local gringo traps, and endless task since while Mrs. Dodge is listing one type of trap, ten others are being invented.
———. San Miguel de Allende: Echoes from the Plaza. Vistas [Sunday supplement to The News (Mexico City)] (Mar. 20, 1970): 6.
David and his wife Elva live in a cheerful and colorful San Miguel home that is part Mexican, part American, and entirely Dodge ... Elva Dodge agrees that she is the only person on earth who can decipher her husbands illegible writing and mysterious shorthand. If anything happens to me, she says, he will have to sell shoes.
Smiley, Robin H. Nothing is Certain: Collecting David Dodge. Firsts: The Book Collectors Magazine, 12, no. 4 (April 2002): 36-49.
Overview of Dodges career from a book collectors point-of-view. Includes discussions and illustrations of every Dodge book and David Dodge: An Informal Checklist, a checklist of Dodge first editions (with price estimates for copies in collectors condition). NOTE: The website www.david-dodge.com is an excellent source of information, one of the few websites dedicated to an author that is worthy of its subject (p. 49). [buy this issue]
———. To Catch a Thief (Books Into Film). Firsts: The Book Collectors Magazine, 12, no. 4 (April 2002): 61-62.
Comparison of the film and literary versions of To Catch a Thief. The largest, and most unexpected, flaw in To Catch a Thief is that there is more wit than mystery in the film. The middle third of the picture seems to ignore the plot altogether. It seems ironic that David Dodge, best known as a travel writer, generates much more suspense in his novel than Hitchcock, the Master of Suspense, does in his film (p. 62). [buy this issue]
Sobin, Roger M., comp. and ed. The Essential Mystery Lists: For Readers, Collectors, and Librarians. Scottsdale, Ariz.: Poisoned Pen Press, 2007: 317, 428, 430, 448.
Compilation of lists of nominees and award winners of virtually every mystery award ever presented. Also includes many best of lists by the most important contributors to the genre. Dodge titles appear in Anthony Bouchers List of Important Titles (Plunder of the Sun, 1949), Howard Haycrafts Additions to James Sandoes Honor Roll of Crime Fiction (Death and Taxes), James Sandoes The Private Eye: A Personal Checklist (q.v.) (Death and Taxes, It Aint Hay, Shear the Black Sheep), and Robin W. Winks A Personal List of Favorites (The Long Escape). [buy this book]
Steffeck, Cheri. The Mexico Dream. Dynamic Maturity, 7, no. 4 (July 1972): 4-9.
Article on retirement in Mexico for gringos. Despite all the problems and roadblocks, many Americans have found the kind of retirement life they like in Mexico. For David Dodge, author of the forthcoming book, Poor Mans Guide to Retiring in Mexico, San Miguel has been home for six years. While Dodge writes, his wife paints. Their home on a narrow cobblestone street behind a fading pastel adobe wall. Inside their gate is a tiled Mexican courtyard framed with blooming orchids, heavily-laden citrus trees and cages of parakeets. Like many Americans living in Mexico, the Dodges have integrated into local life. We havent abandoned too much; weve adapted, said Dodge.
Stevenson, W.B., comp. Detective Fiction. Published for the National Book League at the University Press, Cambridge, 1958 (Readers Guides, 3rd series): 17.
An author who writes detective stories and thrillers, and is successful in both. His detective James Whitney, a public accountant, is tough and unscrupulous. Entry for Bullets for the Bridegroom in section called The Moderns, which includes those authors writing today from whom the reader may expect certain standards of logic, literacy, good plotting and characterisation. Their names have been chosen to exhibit the variety, freshness and vitality of modern detection (p. 9).
Versatile Author. Oakland Tribune (January 23, 1955): B1.
David Dodge, who wrote To Catch a Thief, the novel from which Alfred Hitchcock produced the Cary Grant, Grace Kelly starring picture for Paramount, also authored How Green Was My Father, and How Lost Was My Weekend.
Williams, Wilda W. Dark is the New Cozy. LibraryJournal.com (April 1, 2006).
Article about recent trends in crime and mystery fiction. Features a discussion of Hard Case Crime and mentions The Last Match, a newly discovered unpublished novel from the late author of It Takes a Thief [sic!]. [Available online]
Writer David Dodge Dies in Mexico. San Francisco Chronicle (August 10, 1974).
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