An American author and screenwriter, he is known for such critically-acclaimed works as Hopscotch (1975) and Death Wish (1972). His 1969 work, The Thousand-Mile War: World War II in Alaska, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in History.
He began his literary career as a screenwriter. He published his first novel, Range Justice, in 1960.
His novel Hopscotch won the prestigious Edgar Award in 1975.
He was brought up in New York, and he published his first literary work when he was just eighteen years old.
Like author Margaret Mitchell, he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.