George Harmon Coxe

George Harmon Coxe (April 23,[1] 1901 January 31, 1984) was an American writer of crime fiction. He is perhaps best known for his series featuring crime scene photographer Jack "Flashgun" Casey, which became a popular radio show airing through to the 1940s.

George Harmon Coxe
Born(1901-04-23)April 23, 1901
Cattaraugus County
New York State, U.S.
DiedJanuary 31, 1984(1984-01-31) (aged 82)
Old Lyme
New London County
Connecticut, U.S.
OccupationAuthor, Writer
GenreCrime fiction
Notable worksBlack Mask
Casey, Crime Photographer
Kent Murdock
Notable awardsGrand Master Award, Mystery Writers of America
Years active1922-1975
SpouseElixabeth Fowler (m. 1929-84; his death)


Coxe started writing around 1922, initially working as a newspaperman and penning stories for nickel-and-dime pulp fiction publications. To maximize his earnings, he originally wrote in many genres, including romance and adventure stories. But he was especially fond of crime fiction and soon made it his specialty.

His series characters in the mystery genre are Jack "Flashgun" Casey, Kent Murdock, Leon Morley, Sam Crombie, Max Hale and Jack Fenner. Casey and Murdock are both detectives and photographers. Coxe wrote a total of 63 novels, the last being published in 1975. He was associated with MGM as a writer.[2]

Married to Elizabeth Fowler in 1929, Coxe had two children.

He was named a Grand Master in 1964 by The Mystery Writers of America.


He wrote a total of 63 novels starting in 1937, the last being published in 1975.


Coxe was published monthly for a time in premier pulp magazine Black Mask.

Motion pictures

Three films were made from his stories: Women Are Trouble, starring Stuart Erwin, Paul Kelly and Florence Rice, released in 1936; Murder with Pictures, which starred Lew Ayres and Gail Patrick, also released in 1936; and Here's Flash Casey, starring Eric Linden and Boots Mallory, released in 1938.


Coxe was the 1964 recipient of the Mystery Writers of America's prestigious Grand Master Award representing the pinnacle of achievement in the mystery field. This award represents significant output of quality in mystery writing

See also


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