WorldCat Identities

Williams, Charles 1909-1975

Works: 106 works in 638 publications in 16 languages and 5,739 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Drama  Film adaptations  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Juvenile works  Pictorial works  Detective and mystery films  Noir fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Suspense fiction 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Scenarist, Author of dialog, Adapter, 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 )

37 editions published between 1963 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 404 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 369 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 California 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 in California 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 )

17 editions published between 1960 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

24 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 248 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 )

23 editions published between 1956 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the reef by Miriam Moss( Book )

40 editions published between 1955 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A mystery thriller about a sunken treasure and a murder
The hot spot by Charles Williams( Book )

35 editions published between 1953 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The touch of death by Charles Williams( Book )

21 editions published between 1953 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 130 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 )

8 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Joe and Rae Ingham do the right thing and rescue the half-delirious sole survivor of a crippled schooner. But soon the stranger will plunge the unwary pair into an intense battle of cat and mouse. And life and death."--Container
The wrong venus by Charles Williams( Book )

8 editions published between 1966 and 1983 in 4 languages and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nothing in her way ; River girl by Charles Williams( Book )

11 editions published between 1953 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nothing in her way: After a string of successful jobs, a female con artist meets her match. River Girl, first published in 1951 as "The Catfish Triangle," is a book that shares some similarities with Cain's The Postman Always Rings Twice. Down in swamp country a deputy sheriff meets and falls in love with a young lass, but her husband stands in the way... for a time
And the deep blue sea by Charles Williams( Book )

22 editions published between 1971 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A sailor stranded in the Pacific Ocean finds there are a million ways to die His life in pieces, Harry Goddard buys a thirty-two-foot sloop and sets out to sail the Pacific. He is a thousand miles from anywhere when his craft strikes an unseen object, and begins taking water. For all his desperate efforts, he cannot save her, and Harry is forced into his life raft, to drift without food, water, or shelter from the sun. He is near death when the Leander rescues him. But by the time his trip is over, he & rsquo;ll wish he & rsquo;d taken his chances in the open water. A tramp freighter sailing under the Panamanian flag, the Leander is en route to the Philippines when its crew spots Harry and takes him aboard. But as he regains his strength, Harry uncovers a murderous conspiracy that could destroy the ship that saved him
Confidentially yours by Charles Williams( Book )

5 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in English and held by 46 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'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 -- only later does he learn they were the sound of Dan Roberts'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's house, offering a motive for the crime
The big bite by Charles Williams( Book )

21 editions published between 1956 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An ex-football player and a crooked insurance man cook up a blackmail scheme. Professional football player John Harlan is driving back from a lakeside cabin when a drunk driver named Cannon knocks him off the road. When he comes to, Harlan's leg is shattered and Cannon is dead. His career over, Harlan goes on a bender, and a few days after his hangover clears, he dives headfirst into a life of immorality. An insurance investigator named Purvis is checking into Cannon's death, hoping to avoid laying out 100,000 to his widow. He suspects Cannon may have survived the acc
Aux urnes, les ploucs by Charles Williams( Book )

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

It's election season in Blossom County, and that means it'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's Uncle Sagamore, where the air is pure, the grass is green, and the liquor from his hidden distillery is clear as water -- and about 120 proof. But pressure from the law has kept Sagamore's still silen
Big city girl by Charles Williams( Book )

12 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 )

15 editions published between 1954 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 23 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 & mdash;except the part about who pulled the trigger. Her husband was in Waynesport looking for a crook named Rupert Conway, whom the local police do not seem towant found. To save his sister & rsquo;s neck, Reno must wade through corruption as fetid as the swamps that surround this hellish southern town, where the alligators aren & rsquo;t the only ones who are eager to kill
Mieux vaut courir by Charles Williams( Book )

12 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 )

9 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. Bored, divorced, and unemployed, Chatham is on his way to the Gulf of Mexico when he passes through a small town by the river. It's a miserable little burg -- four stoplights and not much else -- and he's almost escaped it when a drunk's car darts out in front of him, causing a nasty fender-bender. The thought of three days waiting for his clunker to get fixed is a grim one, but though he doesn't know it, there won't be a dull minute. Chatham finds hospitality in the lovely form of Mrs. Langton, mote
The concrete flamingo by Charles Williams( Book )

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

A beautiful fraudster gives a drifter a chance at an irresistible score. 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. Marian chose Jerry because he could be Chapman's double. With a little coaching
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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

چارلز ویلیامز نویسنده آمریکایی

ウィリアムズ, チャールズ

The touch of deathNothing in her way ; River girl