Re: RARA-AVIS: Wade Miller
Wed, 22 Dec 1999 08:30:37 -0600

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Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Wade Miller

Frank wrote:

"Does Anyone out there have any biographical information on Wade Miller?"

"Wade Miller" is the joint pseudonym of two close friends in San Diego who wrote mysteries in the post-war era. Their real names were Robert Wade and William Miller. As "Wade Miller" they are best-known for the Max Thursday series of PI novels, widely regarded as one of the best post-war PI series. They also wrote as "Dale Wilmer," and, at least once, as "Bob Wade and Bill Miller." The best-known pseudonym aside from "Wade Miller" is "Whit Masterson," under which they wrote *Badge of Evil*, which became the film
*Touch of Evil*. After Miller died in the early '60s, Wade carried on alone under the Masterson pseudonym. The "Masterson" persona is most asscoiated with police novels. *A Hammer in His Hand* was one of the very first procedurals to feature a policewoman as the protagonist on the trail of a serial killer, predating *The Silence of the Laambs* over twenty years. On his own, using the "Masterson" name, Wade wrote *711 - Officer Needs Help* which became the David Jansen film *Warning Shot*, and a really fine, underrated cop novel called *Play Like You're Dead*, which prefigures the problem of child abduction by non-custodial parents.

I met Wade once at a San Diego Bouchercon. He was receiving the Life Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America. In addition to the occasional novel, he was writing a mystery review column for one of the local San Diego papers.


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