Monday, June 06, 2005

Henry Klinger

I checked the article Bill mentioned having written. Yes, it's in the first edition (1980) of 20th Century Crime and Mystery Writers. The books are usually about a Israeli police on trip in the USA, picking up clues from his American colleagues. The chapters begin with bits of Jewish wisdom. It seems that Bill didn't like Klinger's books and I don't think I will bother. I'll post the cover at some point, though, because it was pretty nice. (What was left of it after Kauto got hold of it.)

But who was he? There's no information with Bill's article. Google finds several Henry Klingers.

It's not this, since then he would've written his books while he was 15. Not impossible, but rather unlikely...

This could be him, if he has a fascination for old cars:

Is it a pseudonym? The TV show M*A*S*H* had characters called Henry and Klinger.

Oh well, I guess we'll never know. Unless the real Henry Klinger does a vanity google and finds his name in here.


mybillcrider said...

I don't know a thing about Henry Klinger other than the books. I wonder if he's related to the Klinger character on the M*A*S*H TV series.

a_duke_devil said...

Henry Klnger who authored the series of novels featuring the Israeli detective was my grandfather.

In addition to being an author himself, he was also the head story editor for 20th Century Fox (when they were headquartered in New York) and selected what stories became movies... most notably, Patton, Grapes of Wrath, The Planet of the Apes, French Connection, Heidi and of course MASH among many many others.

In addition, he was an officer with the Mystery Writers Club of America for many years. His close friends included Darryl Zanuck, Alfred Hitchcock, Arthuer Miller, Jacqueline Susan and Betty White.

Regretfully he passed away in 1980. He remains the finest man I have known.