Stephen Marlowe was born in New York in 1928 and educated in Virginia. He began his career by writing science-fiction for the pulps under his natal name, Milton Lesser, and various pen names. After army service during the Korean War, he adopted the Marlowe name for his mystery fiction and created his detective Chester Drum in 1955 with The Second Longest Night.
Having changed his name legally, Stephen Marlowe wandered the world in search of material for his equally peripatetic detective. He was awarded France’s Prix Gutenberg du Livre in 1988, and in 1997 the Private Eye Writers of America conferred on him their Life Achievement Award. He and his wife Ann lived in Williamsburg, Virginia, until Marlowe's death on February 22, 2008.
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