Bio: Robert L. Fish, the youngest of three children, was born on August 21, 1912 in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended the local schools in Cleveland and went to Case University (now Case-Western Reserve) where he graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. He married Mamie Kates, also from Cleveland and they had two daughters. Mr. Fish worked as a civil engineer, traveling and moving throughout the United States. In 1953 he was asked to set up a plastics factory in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He and his family moved to Brazil where they remained for nine years. He played golf and bridge in the little spare time he had. One rainy weekend in the late 1950’s, Mr. Fish, when the weather prohibited Mr. Fish from playing golf, he sat down and wrote a short story that he submitted to Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. When that story was accepted, Mr. Fish continued to write short stories. In 1962 Mr. Fish returned to the United States; he took one year to write full time and then he returned to engineering and writing. His first novel, The Fugitive, won him an Edgar Award for the Best First Mystery. When his health prevented him from working on both careers, he retired from engineering and spent his time writing. His published works include over forty books and countless short stories. “Mute Witness” was made into a movie starring Steve McQueen. Mr. Fish died February 23, 1981 at his home in Connecticut. Each year at the annual Mystery Writers of America dinner, a memorial award is presented in his name for the best first short story; this is fitting, as Mr. Fish was always eager to assist young writers in their field.

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A Gross Carriage of Justice
Another installment into the Murder League, this time ex-detectives Carruthers, Simpson, and Briggs fall prey to inept kidnappers Clarence Alexander and Harold Nishbagel. Of course, the situation is quickly overturned and the captives bring the kidnappers to their knees. It's time for a new brand of justice as these three older Britons take the law into their own hands.
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Mute Witness
When famed gangster kingpin Johnny Rossi comes to New York to testify against his crime syndicate associates, it falls to Lieutenant Clancy to keep the government's star witness safe. Why Rossi has come to New York from California, and what is so crucial about his testimony are questions District Attorney Chalmers seems content to keep outside the Lieutenant's purview. However, when guarding Rossi turns out to be a more difficult and perplexing task than Clancy had anticipated, he begins to unco... more info>>
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The Fugitive
In Robert L. Fish's Edgar Award-winning novel, The Fugitive, the protagonist Ari Schoenberg doesn't seem like much of a hero. Paunchy and short with a heart condition and a bad case of nerves, he doesn't seem all that well suited for a high-stakes cloak-and-dagger mission in South America. Ari, however, is a Holocaust survivor and a man with a sense of deep, abiding purpose, and, as such, he rises to the occasion. The Nazi party seems to be rising again in Brazil, led by a ruthless man named Eri... more info>>
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The Murder League
They were the murder league, a group dedicated to committing any murder for anyone. For the small sum of one thousand pounds the group would perform the killing for whatever the reason, love, hate, money, fun. All the client had to do was drop a line in their post box and the deal was done. The murder league, three ex-mystery writers, perform their dispatches with a cool demeanor and the utmost dignity, with only their goal of ten heads on their minds. Soon the spice has returned to their lives,... more info>>
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The Shrunken Head
Captain Jos� Da Silva has the daunting task of finding a murderer. Hired by the Brazilian Foreign Office, Da Silva sets out to end these jungle killings, but doesn't quite have all the facts. When Agent Wilson shows him one of the victims--not all of him, just his shrunken head--Da Silva realizes that this murder case isn't as open-and-shut as it seems. Now he must investigate, evading the powerful magic and numerous mysteries of the Amazon jungle.
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Trouble in Paradise
It seemed logical that Captain Jose Da Silva of the Brazilian Federal Police Force, a man with a maverick reputation for problem solving, be the one assigned to solve Brazil's growing scourge of death squads. They were unpredictable and ran on their own agenda. So did Da Silva. His superiors knew he worked on the fringes of authority and would send him to the edge-to the remote border town of Paraiso. There had been five new underworld slayings and the signs pointed to a new kind of death squad.... more info>>
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