An American crime fiction writer, he is known for such novels as The Deadly Percheron, The Last of Philip Banter, and Devil Take the Blue-Tail Fly. He published his final work, Purloining Tiny, in 1978.
After studying engineering at the University of Cincinnati, he worked for Edwin Bird Wilson, Inc., a New York City advertising agency.
He wrote ten novels over the course of his career.
He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to a coal merchant father. His second wife was Phyllida Bardin.
He cited Henry James as one of his literary influences.