John Gearon, better known to readers as John Flagg, was born in 1885 in Chicago, Illinois, and educated in Englewood, New Jersey. Leaving school in his senior year, he travelled throughout Europe and the Near East. He became a radio script writer for the Office of the Coordinator for Inter-American Affairs, later working in a literary agency and as a journalist. With Louis Bromfield, Gearon co-wrote a Broadway play set in Paris in 1935. He published his first novel, The Velvet Well, in 1946—filmed by Jacques Deray in 1978 as A Butterfly on the Shoulder—followed by a series of thrillers for Gold Medal Books in the 1950s under the name John Flagg. These include six books featuring post-war agent, Hart Muldoon. Gearon died in 1970.
- Death and the Naked Lady / The Lady and the Cheetah / Faces Turned Against Him
- Two standalone espionage classics from the early 1950s—originally published by Gold Medal Books—plus a rare short story from the author of The Persian Cat. "Enough sudden deaths, mix-ups and double-crosses to satisfy any aficionado’s tastes." ~Steve Lewis, Mystery*File. Introduction by James Reasoner. January 2017.
- The Persian Cat
- A post-World War II thriller set in Teheran featuring cynical agent Gil Denby. His mission: bring a beautiful traitor to justice. His odds: slim. Due August 2015.