Fletcher Flora was born in Parsons, Kansas, in 1914, and educated at the University of Kansas. He married Betty Ogden in 1940 and they had three children. After being drafted into the Army during World War II—serving as a sergeant in the Far East and sustaining severe injuries—Flora was appointed an educational adviser to the Dept. of the Army at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he taught military prisoners until 1963. A liberal Democrat, Flora began his writing career in 1950 with a series of sardonic short stories, and wrote his first novel in 1954 called Strange Sisters, a lesbian‐themed story of mental breakdown. This was the first of 21 character‐driven, off‐beat novels, including three "Ellery Queen" mysteries, in addition to over 150 published short stories. Flora passed away from a heart attack in 1969.
- Leave Her to Hell / Let Me Kill You Sweetheart / Take Me Home
- Three acerbic noirs: an unconventional private eye novel, a murder mystery set in a small Midwestern town, and the story of a writer who falls in love with a troubled young lesbian. Includes a new introduction by Bill Pronzini. Available March 2016.
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- The Vengeance Man / Park Avenue Tramp / The Prettiest Girl I Ever Killed: A Trio of Gold Medals
- Three distinctive thrillers from the golden era of the paperbacks, all originally published by Gold Medal Books in the late 1950s and mid-1960s. New introductions by Charles Kelly and Ed Gorman.