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American hardboiled mystery and science fiction novelist and shortstory writer. Fredric William Brown (1906 - 1972)
began his career in the mid-1930s by writing short mystery stories for the major pulps such as
Street and Smith Detective Story, Thrilling Detective, and Detective Fiction Weekly while
working as a proofreader for the Milwaukee Journal. The first of his hard-boiled novels,
The Fabulous Clipjoint, won an Edgar Award. His science fiction and later mystery novels often crossed
genres or stretched the boundaries of any given genre.
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