Norbert Davis

Norbert Harrison Davis (April 18, 1909 - July 28, 1949) was an American crime fiction author.

Norbert Davis
Born(1909-04-18)April 18, 1909
DiedJuly 28, 1949(1949-07-28) (aged 40)
GenreCrime fiction

Norbert Davis was born in Morrison, Illinois, where he grew up.[1] At the end of the 1920s his family moved to Southern California and by the end of 1934 he was to receive his law degree from Stanford University but never bothered to take the bar exam. He started writing short stories for Black Mask in 1932 and lived in the Los Angeles area. He also contributed to Dime Detective, Double Detective, Detective Fiction Weekly, Argosy, and The Saturday Evening Post. From 1943 he published the detective novels The Mouse in the Mountain (1943) (also published in paperback under the titles Rendezvous with Fear and Rich Dead Little Girl), Sally's in the Alley (1943), Oh, Murder Mine (1946), all three novels featuring Doan, a private investigator, and Carstairs, a Great Dane.[2] His Murder Picks the Jury (1947) was written in collaboration with W. T. Ballard.

A complete collection of his Max Latin stories from Dime Detective called The Complete Cases of Max Latin was published in 2014 by Altus Press. A complete collection of his Doan and Carstairs stories is coming from Altus Press in 2016.

Davis's writing was greatly admired by Ludwig Wittgenstein.[3][4]

Davis died on July 28, 1949, an apparent suicide.[2]

See also


  1. Apostolou, John L. "Norbert Davis: Profile of a Pulp Writer". Black Mask Magazine.
  2. Server, Lee (2002). Encyclopedia of Pulp Fiction Writers, pp. 77-79. Facts on File, Inc. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
  3. Monk, Ray (1991). Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius. London: Vintage. p. 528.
  4. Hoffmann, Josef. "Hard-boiled Wit: Ludwig Wittgenstein and Norbert Davis". Mystery File.
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