Writer; librarian; sportscaster.  Born– November 8, 1943, Montgomery. Parents– Frank William and Margaret Wolfe Breen. Married– Rita A. Gunson, 1970. Education– Pepperdine University, B.A., 1965; University of Southern California, M.S. in Library Science, 1966. Served in the U.S. Army. 1967-1969; sports broadcaster, Radio KWAV, Los Angeles,  1963-1965. Librarian, California State University, Long Beach 1966-1967; California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1969-1975;  Rio Hondo College, Whittier, Calif., 1975-2000. Published short stories in periodicals and anthologies; books of fiction as well as critical and bibliographical works.  Member Mystery Writers of America, Science Fiction Writers of America, Sierra Club. awards:  Edgar Allen Poe Awards from Mystery Writers of America, 1982 and 1985; Anthony Award for Best Critical Work, 1991 and 1994; Macavity Award from Mystery Writers International, 1994.


Contemporary Authors online; Twentieth-Century Crime and Mystery Writers. 2nd. ed. 1985.


The Drowning Icecube and Other Stories.  Unity, ME: Five Star, 1999.

The Eye of God: A Mystery.  Palo Alto:  John Daniel and Company, 2006.

The Gathering Place. Walker, 1984. (British ed. published; London; Macmillan, 1984)

Hair of the Sleuthhound; Parodies of Modern Fiction. Metuchen, N.J.; Scarecrow, 1982.

J. B. Must Die: An Ed Gorgon Story.  Norfolk:  Crippen and Landru, 2003.

Kill the Umpire: The Calls of Ed Gorgan.  Norfolk:  Crippen and Landru, 2003.

Listen for the Click.  New York:  Walker, 1983.  (British ed. published as The Vicar’s Roses.  London: Macmillan, 1984.)

Loose Lips. New York; Simon & Schuster, 1990.

Novel Verdicts: A  Guide to Courtroom Fiction. Metuchen, N.J.; Scarecrow Press, 1984.

Probable Claus.  Waterville ME, 2009.

Touch of the Past. New York; Walker, 1988.

Triple Crown. New York; Walker, 1985.

What About Murder; a Guide to the Books About Mystery and Detective Fiction. Metuchen, N.J.; Scarecrow Press, 1981.


The Girl in the Pictorial Wrapper.  California State College Library, 1972; rev. ed., 1973.

A Little Fleshed up around the Crook of the Elbow.  California State College Library, 1970.


The Fine Art of Murder:  The Mystery Reader’s Indispensable Companion.  Carroll and Graf, 1993.

American Murders; 11 Rediscovered Short Novels from American Magazines, 1934-1954. New York; Garland, 1986.

Murder California Style; a Collection of Short Stories. New York; St. Martin’s, 1987.

Synod of Sleuths: Essays on Judeo-Christian Detective Fiction.  Metuchen Press, 1990.


Book Reviewing.  Writer, Inc., 1978.

Murder in Los Angeles. New York; Morrow, 1987.

Murder Off the Rack; Critical Study of Ten Paperback Masters. Metuchen, N.J.; Scarecrow Press, 1989.