Tag: Edgar Allan Poe Award

William Riley Burnett

Born: November 25, 1899Died: April 25, 1982 Ohio connection: Birth Springfield Although an author of Westerns and a successful screenwriter, William Riley Burnett is best known as the originator of the gangster novel. The underworld icons of sleek cars, flashy clothes, bootleg liquor, and tommy guns find their origins in Burnett’s first novel,¬†Little Caesar¬†(1929). The …

Read More William Riley Burnett