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To Catch a Thief BBC Radio Dramatisation LISTEN TO IN SEARCH OF THE VILLA NOEL FLEURI ON BBC RADIO 4, January 6, 2011 [Listen online]
and A NEW ADAPTATION OF TO CATCH A THIEF ON BBC RADIO 4, January 8, 2011 [Listen online]
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JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS! A new production of Christmas Eve at the Mermaid from Camino Real Productions for KUNM Radio Theatre. [Listen online]

NEW! To Catch a Thief and Death and Taxes are now available in new editions from Bruin Books. [Buy Death and Taxes] [Buy To Catch a Thief]

NEW! To Catch a Thief re-released in a new “Centennial Collection” 2-disc DVD edition. [Buy one]

The Last Match published by Hard Case Crime. [Buy one]
Plunder of the Sun published in a new edition by Hard Case Crime. [Buy one]
Plunder of the Sun, the 1953 Warner Bros. film starring Glenn Ford, is available on DVD. [Buy one]

   David Francis Dodge was born in Berkeley, California on August 18, 1910. His career as a writer began when he made a bet with his wife Elva that he could write a better mystery novel than the one she was reading. He drew on his professional experience as a Certified Public Accountant to create his first series character, San Francisco tax expert and reluctant detective James “Whit” Whitney. Death and Taxes was published by Macmillan in 1941. He won five dollars from Elva. Three more Whitney novels were published between 1943 and 1946.

   After Pearl Harbor he was commissioned in the U.S. Navy and emerged three years later as a Lieutenant Commander. On his release from active duty, he set out for Guatemala by car with his wife and 5-year old daughter Kendal. Thereafter he drew on his travels—he went on assignments around the world for Holiday and other magazines—as material for a series of humorous personal travel journals and as backgrounds for mystery thrillers in exotic locations. His most famous novel is To Catch a Thief, set in the French Riviera, which Alfred Hitchcock turned into a film in 1955 starring Grace Kelly and Cary Grant. Dodge died in Mexico in 1974. He and Elva are buried in San Miguel de Allende.

   “Exhaustively researched and well-written — the definitive authority on ... David Dodge.”
Le Stuff, November 2010.

   “Comprehensive is an understatement, and it’s definitely worth looking into, just to see a bibliography done right.”

   “... a top-shelf example of a web site devoted to a single author ... a definitive and much-deserved resurrection of Dodge’s life and works.”
2random4chance.com, February 21, 2005.

   “... one of the few websites dedicated to an author that is worthy of its subject.”

   “Site unravels the mystery of San Francisco writer David Dodge.”
San Francisco Chronicle, April 5, 1999.
Read the article online at www.sfgate.com.


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