Francis M. Nevins is a professor at St. Louis University School of Law (recently retired) and the author of six mystery novels: Publish and Perish (1975), Corrupt and Ensnare (1978), The 120-Hour Clock (1986), The Ninety Million Dollar Mouse (1987), Into the Same River Twice (1996), and Beneficiaries' Requiem (2000). He has also written about 40 short stories which have appeared in the Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock mystery magazines and other national periodicals and many of which have been reprinted in leading mystery anthologies. Two collections of his short fiction have been published in recent years: Night of Silken Snow and Other Stories (2001) and Leap Day and Other Stories (2003). He has edited about 20 mystery anthologies and collections and has written several nonfiction books on the genre. Two of these—Royal Bloodline: Ellery Queen, Author and Detective (1974) and Cornell Woolrich: First You Dream, Then You Die (1988)—have won him Edgar awards from Mystery Writers of America, Inc. He has written articles, book reviews and similar short pieces on mystery fiction for newspapers, magazines and reference works. During 1994 he served as Awards Chair for Mystery Writers of America. He has also published many books and articles dealing with legal issues, and with movies, and with the treatment of law-related material in movies.
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