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Williams, Charles 1909-1975

Works: 117 works in 651 publications in 16 languages and 5,759 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Drama  Film adaptations  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Detective and mystery 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
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Dead calm by Charles Williams( Book )
37 editions published between 1963 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 406 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 )
15 editions published between 1973 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 359 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 dru
The sailcloth shroud by Charles Williams( Book )
33 editions published between 1960 and 2000 in 8 languages and held by 274 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 246 libraries worldwide
A widow and a charter captain scour the ocean for a stolen yacht. When Ingram lands in Miami, he doesn'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 'millionaire' 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 se
Scorpion Reef by Charles Williams( Book )
40 editions published between 1955 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 153 libraries worldwide
A mystery thriller about a sunken treasure and a murder
The diamond bikini by Charles Williams( Book )
14 editions published between 1956 and 2014 in English and French and held by 143 libraries worldwide
Raised at the racetrack, a boy comes to live on a Texas farm. Billy doesn't know how to read a book, but give him a racing form and he can tell you everything about a pony that you'd ever want to know. He and his father live on the road, traveling from Aqueduct to Hialeah and back again, until an overzealous Welfare lady demands they settle somewhere more wholesome than the track. Not knowing anyplace wholesome, Billy's father takes him to Texas instead, to live on his brother Sagamore's farm. There Billy meets bootleggers, gangsters, and the beautiful Miss Choo-Choo C
The hot spot by Charles Williams( Book )
34 editions published between 1953 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 128 libraries worldwide
A touch of death by Charles Williams( Book )
22 editions published between 1953 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 128 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( visu )
11 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 106 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 81 libraries worldwide
Vivement dimanche! = Confidentially yours by François Truffaut( visu )
19 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in French and Undetermined and held by 77 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."
And the deep blue sea by Charles Williams( Book )
22 editions published between 1971 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 59 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'll wish he'd taken his chances in the open water. A tramp fr
Confidently yours by Charles Williams( Book )
5 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in English and held by 48 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 )
21 editions published between 1956 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 40 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 & rsquo;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 & rsquo;s death, hoping to avoid laying out $100,000 to his widow. He suspects Cannon may have survived the accident, only to be murdered while Harlan was unconscious & mdash;and the more he talks about it, the more Harlan believes it. They devisea plan to blackmail dear Mrs. Cannon, but if Harlan was a pro on the field, he & rsquo;s an amateur in the underworld. Next to what the lovely widow is going to do to him, football is a cakewalk
Big city girl by Charles Williams( Book )
13 editions published between 1951 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 27 libraries worldwide
Her husband in jail, a desperate young woman takes refuge among sharecroppers Once, Cass Neely & rsquo;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 & mdash;until Cass & rsquo;s daughter-in-law, Joy, moves in. She & rsquo;s by far the most beautiful thing this county has ever seen, but she & rsquo;s flat broke since her husband, Sewell, was put away for armed robbery. She & rsquo;s also prickly, lazy, and vain & mdash;traits that don & rsquo;t sit well with hardscrabble living & mdash;and it isn & rsquo;t long before she starts to get a violent case of cabin fever. As the rains bear down and the river starts to threaten the cotton, Sewell escapes from police custody and heads for home. Come hell or high water, the Neely family will stick together, even if it means disaster
Aux urnes, les ploucs by Charles Williams( Book )
13 editions published between 1959 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 25 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
Sein grosser Bluff : Kriminalroman by Charles Williams( Book )
13 editions published between 1954 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 21 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 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 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 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
English (176)
French (92)
Danish (24)
Spanish (18)
German (16)
Russian (14)
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