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Helen McCloy

Born: Jun 6, 1904

Death: Dec 1, 1994

Birthplace: New York City

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Helen McCloy

Date of Birth : Jun 6, 1904
Date of Death : Dec 1, 1994
Birth Place : New York City

Helen McCloy, pseudonym Helen Clarkson, was an American mystery writer, whose series character Dr. Basil Willing debuted in Dance of Death. Willing believes, that "every criminal leaves psychic fingerprints, and he can't wear gloves to hide them." He appeared in 13 of McCloy's novels and in several of her short stories. McCloy often used the theme of doppelganger, but in the end of the story she showed a psychological or realistic explanation for the seemingly supernatural events.


  • Writer

Also known as

  • Helen Clarkson


  • Brett Halliday
  • Al Dubin

Awards Won

  • Edgar Grand Master Award
  • Nero Award
  • Edgar Award for Outstanding Mystery Criticism
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