Pincus Jacob Wolfson was born in New York City on May 22, 1903, the son of Russian immigrant parents. Though his father was a plumber, Wolfson enrolled in Fordham University and studied to be a pharmacist. In 1926, he married Billie Marmon, and they had three children together. It was while working as a pharmacist in the early 1930s that he began writing Bodies Are Dust. Hollywood took notice, and Carl Laemmle Jr. put him under contract to Universal. Three more novels quickly followed. But Wolfson soon moved into film, writing scripts and producing numerous films, even directing one movie. Wolfson's early career was heavily influenced by Prohibition and coming of age in New York City, but he lived most of his life in Southern California. He died in Calabasas, California, on April 16, 1979.
- Bodies are Dust
- "…out-Hammetts Hammett. Same detached style, but the emotions are extraordinarily powerful. Astonishingly poignant dénouement."—Allan Guthrie. New introduction by David Rachels. First book in a new series of classic noir: Staccato Crime. August 2021.
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