Sherwood King

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Raymond Sherwood King ( 1904 - 1981 ) was an American writer .


Sherwood King wrote a number of detective novels over several decades. He gained fame through his crime novel If I Die Before I Wake (1938), which was filmed in 1947 by director Orson Welles as Die Lady von Shanghai ( The Lady from Shanghai ) with Rita Hayworth . In Germany, the novel was later published under the titles The confession of Laurence Planter and Do you want to be my murderer? released. In it, the former sailor Laurence Planter as the chauffeur of a seductive woman, whose husband is crippled, gets caught up in a web of intrigue and murder. For the film, Welles rewrote the novel into a script, added numerous details and twists, and changed the hero's name to Michael O'Hara, who Welles also played in the film.

Other novels from King's pen, some of which he published as Sherry King, are Echo Over the Lethe (1934), Between Murders (1935, also published as Death Carries a Cane in Great Britain in 1941 ), A Price for Murder (1957) and Did We Beat the Reds to Venus? (1961).

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  1. ^ Eddie Robson: Film Noir . Virgin, 2005, ISBN 0-7535-1086-3 , p. 112.
  2. Sheldon Jaffery: Double Trouble: A Bibliographic Chronicle of Ace Mystery Doubles . Starmont House Inc., 1992, p. 7.
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