WorldCat Identities

Williams, Charles 1909-1975

Works: 115 works in 716 publications in 16 languages and 5,808 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Drama  Film adaptations  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Detective and mystery films  Comedy films  Detective and mystery fiction  Suspense fiction  Sea stories  Noir fiction 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Scenarist, Author of dialog, Adapter, Originator, Composer
Classifications: PZ4.W722, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Charles Williams
Most widely held works by Charles Williams
Dead calm by Charles Williams( Book )

39 editions published between 1963 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John and Rae Ingram, alone on their honeymoon yacht in the mid-Pacific, are suddenly and incongruously confronted with a tragedy at sea: another ship sinking, its lone survivor a handsome young man who has had to bury his wife and another couple, dead from food poisoning
Man on a leash by Charles Williams( Book )

16 editions published between 1973 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A son searches for the men who killed his mysterious father. Even at sixty-six, Gunnar Romstead was a tough old salt. It took several men to bring him down, and even after they'd bound his feet and hands he was still a threat. But finally the man who'd survived waterfront brawls, World War II, and countless stormy nights at sea died on his knees--shot through the back of the head. Looking for answers, his son Eric comes to the barren Nevada town where Gunnar breathed his last. He hardly knew the old man, but he can't believe his father was killed in a botched drug deal. Somewhere is a massive shipment of heroin and a quarter of a million dollars, and if Eric finds them he will uncover the truth. But for a boy who grew up loving his father from afar, the truth may hurt even more than a bullet
The sailcloth shroud by Charles Williams( Book )

34 editions published between 1960 and 2000 in 8 languages and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mystery novel, about a burial at sea
Aground by Charles Williams( Book )

27 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A widow and a charter captain scour the ocean for a stolen yacht When Ingram lands in Miami, he doesn & rsquo;t even have time to finish his bath before the police come knocking. The out-of-work charter captain has just returned from Nassau, where he was looking to buy a boat on behalf of a millionaire. But the day after he toured the seventy-foot Dragoon, his & ldquo;millionaire & rdquo; disappeared, and the yacht went with him. Ingram convinces the cops that he was only an unwitting accomplice in stealing the boat, and offers to help recover it for the owner, a beautiful widow with secrets of her own. He only has eight thousand square miles of open ocean to search. Finding the ship is the easy part. Escaping it will be harder, as Ingram finds himself caught in a tangle of lust, smuggling, and murder, surrounded by endless miles of the most beautiful water on earth
The diamond bikini by Charles Williams( Book )

34 editions published between 1956 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scorpion Reef by Charles Williams( Book )

42 editions published between 1955 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A mystery thriller about a sunken treasure and a murder
A touch of death by Charles Williams( Book )

23 editions published between 1953 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Lee Scarborough came upon the brunette sunbathing topless in her back yard, getting involved in a heist was the last thing on his mind. But somehow that's where he found himself--sneaking through a stranger's house, on the hunt for $120,000 in embezzled bank funds. It looked like an easy score. But one thing stood between him and the money: the beautiful and deadly Madelon Butler
Dead calm by Phillip Noyce( Visual )

13 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John and Rae Ingram rescue the only surviving crew member of a crippled schooner only to find themselves the targets of a deranged killer
Vivement dimanche! = Confidentially yours by François Truffaut( Visual )

26 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in French and Undetermined and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La jaquette indique : "Julien Vercel, qui dirige une agence immobilière, est soupçonné du meurtre de Massoulier, l'amant de sa femme. Les faits sont contre lui, d'autant que sa femme meurt assassinée à son domicile. Caché dans son agence, Julien Vercel laisse sa secrétaire, la brune Barbara Becker, mener l'enquête. De péripétie en péripétie, de rebondissement en rebondissement, Barbara finira par découvrir l'identité du vrai coupable."
The wrong venus by Charles Williams( Book )

8 editions published between 1966 and 1983 in 4 languages and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

And the deep blue sea by Charles Williams( Book )

25 editions published between 1971 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A sailor stranded in the Pacific Ocean finds there are a million ways to die
Confidently yours by Charles Williams( Book )

6 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A small town is doomed by jealousy, greed, and a shared love of hunting In the backwoods town of Carthage, there isn & rsquo;t much for the leading citizens to do but drink, sleep, and shoot. John Warren is preparing for an early morning duck hunt when he hears two shotgun blasts & mdash; only later does he learn they were the sound of Dan Roberts & rsquo;s death. Although it appears the handsome young man killed himself, Warren and the police are smart enough to realize that suicide victims seldom shoot twice. That night, a drunk woman calls Warren & rsquo;s house, offering a motive for the crime he didn & rsquo;t commit. Roberts was sleeping with Warren & rsquo;s wife & mdash;and he wasn & rsquo;t her only lover. Warren didn & rsquo;t kill Roberts, but as the rumors begin to swirl, he may wish that he had. In a town where every man is a crack shot, shooting a rival isn & rsquo;t murder. It & rsquo;s target practice. & ldquo;[Williams] is just about as good as they come. & rdquo; & mdash;The New York Times & ldquo;Relying on wit, humor and ingenious plotting, Williams & rsquo;s characters constantly attempt to outwit the system. & rdquo; & mdash;Woody Haut, author of Pulp Culture & ldquo;One of the neglected hardboiled geniuses ... his novels were perfect little gems. & rdquo; & mdash;Joe R. Lansdale, author of Savage Season Charles Williams (1909 & ndash;1975) was one of the preeminent authors of American crime fiction. Born in Texas, he dropped out of high school to enlist in the US Merchant Marine, serving for ten years before leaving to work in the electronics industry. At the end of World War II, Williams began writing fiction while living in San Francisco. The success of his backwoods noir Hill Girl (1951) allowed him to quit his job and write fulltime. Williams & rsquo;s clean and somewhat casual narrative style distinguishes his novels & mdash;which range from hard-boiled, small-town noir to suspense thrillers set at sea and in the Deep South. Although originally published by pulp fiction houses, his work won great critical acclaim, with Hell Hath No Fury (1953) becoming the first paperback original to be reviewed by legendary New York Times critic Anthony Boucher. Many of his novels were adapted for the screen, such as Dead Calm (published in 1963) and Don & rsquo;t Just Stand There! (published in 1966), for which Williams wrote the screenplay. Williams died in California in 1975
The big bite by Charles Williams( Book )

22 editions published between 1956 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An ex-football player and a crooked insurance man cook up a blackmail scheme
Aux urnes, les ploucs by Charles Williams( Book )

14 editions published between 1959 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It & rsquo;s election season in Blossom County, and that means it & rsquo;s time for moonshine Educated at the racetrack, Billy has never had a firm grip on his ABCs, but he sure knows how to read a racing form. When a family court judge threatens to put the seven-year-old in a foster home, Billy and his father go to live in the countryside, at the wholesome little farm owned by Billy & rsquo;s Uncle Sagamore, where the air is pure, the grass is green, and the liquor from his hidden distillery is clear as water & mdash;and about 120 proof. But pressure from the law has kept Sagamore & rsquo;s still silent, and the stash of white lightning is starting to dwindle. To get his home-brewing operation back underway, Sagamore needs a distraction & mdash;and there & rsquo;s none better than local politics. When Uncle Sagamore throws his weight into the Blossom County elections, democracy will never be the same
L'ange du foyer by Charles Williams( Book )

13 editions published between 1951 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Her husband in jail, a desperate young woman takes refuge among sharecroppers. Once, Cass Neely's farm stretched across the entire valley, but decades of bad decisions and rotten luck have forced him to sell off nearly every inch. He and his son farm the meager remains of a once-great property, living in a grim downward spiral -- until Cass's daughter-in-law, Joy, moves in. She's by far the most beautiful thing this county has ever seen, but she's flat broke since her husband, Sewell, was put away for armed robbery. She's also prickly, lazy, and vain -- traits that don't
Sein grosser Bluff : Kriminalroman by Charles Williams( Book )

14 editions published between 1954 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An engineer battles a small town to see his sister released from prison. It takes Reno three days to get from Peru to the Gulf Coast, and when he gets to Waynesport he has only one stop to make: the city jail, where his sister is being held on a murder rap. The way Vickie tells it, she saw her husband having a drink with another woman, they quarreled, and she went to the bathroom. When she came out, he was shot through the back of the skull. The police believe every word of her story -- except the part about who pulled the trigger. Her husband was in Waynesport looking
Mieux vaut courir by Charles Williams( Book )

13 editions published between 1958 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pursued by the police, a desperate man fights to stay free & mdash;and stay alive It & rsquo;s raining hard when the man leaps off the train. He lands safely and creeps into town, praying he will find someplace to hide. It & rsquo;s nearly daylight, and the police are not far behind. He breaks into an unoccupied seaside cottage, and is overjoyed to find coffee, whiskey, and cigarettes. But before the fugitive can relax, the doorknob rattles. The police are at the door. Russell Foley, third mate on an oil tanker, is not a cop killer. But the night before he got into a fight with a police detective, and a few hours later the cop was found stabbed to death. Unable to explain himself, he bolts, hoping to evade the police and somehow find the real killer. But for a man who cannot stop running, justice can be a hard thing to find
Talk of the town by Charles Williams( Book )

10 editions published between 1958 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stranded in a small town, a stranger falls for a suspected murderess
The concrete flamingo by Charles Williams( Book )

9 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in English and Russian and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jerry Forbes, on the run in Fort Lauderdale, is careful not to tell Marian Forsyth his real name, but Marian already knows his secrets. She's been following him since Miami Beach, fascinated by this handsome drifter since the first time she heard his voice. Finally she tells him the truth: Together, they're going to steal a fortune from a rich sap named Harris Chapman. The plan is simple--all they have to do is ask. But it's not long before the plan gets complicated, and Jerry is smart enough to know that when a heist turns sour, it's not the women who die
Bis dass der Mord euch scheidet : Kriminal-Thriller by Charles Williams( Book )

4 editions published between 1966 and 2001 in German and Russian and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Charles Williams Amerikaans romanschrijver (1909-1975)

Charles Williams amerikansk författare

Charles Williams amerikansk skribent

Charles Williams écrivain américain

Charles Williams escritor estadounidense

Charles Williams scrittore statunitense

Charles Williams US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller

Viljams, Čarlz 1909-1975

Williams, Charles 1909-

Вильямс, Чарлз 1909-1975

Чарльз Уильямс

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