Clifton Adams was born in Comanche, Oklahoma in 1919. During WWII, he served in the Tank Corps in both Africa and Europe, developing his favorite hobby, cooking, while trying to prepare army rations. He wrote over 50 books and 125 stories under several pseudonyms—including Clay Randall, Jonathan Gant and Matt Kinkaid--and won two Spur Awards for his westerns, Tragg's Choice in 1969 and The Last Days of Wolf Garnett in 1970. He had also been named "Oklahoma Writer of the Year" in 1965 by the University of Oklahoma, his alma mater. He died of a heart attack in San Francisco, California on October 7, 1971.
- Death's Sweet Song / Whom Gods Destroy
- Clifton Adams is best known for his westerns, but he also wrote two of the best Gold Medal noir thrillers. As August West said of Death’s Sweet Song in the Vintage Hardboiled Reads blog, "This may be the best crime fiction novel that Gold Medal published in the 50s." It’s got it all -— a beautiful, conniving woman, a vulnerable safe, and a guy with lots of moral flexibility. Whom Gods Destroy is the story of a self-destructive bootlegger and the woman he can't forgive. Cullen Gallagher of the Los Angeles Review of Books provides a new introduction. Available soon.