Lost Authors

November 28, 2006

November saw the passing of two authors: William Diehl, wrote “Sharkey’s Machine” in 1978 which made him famous when it was made into a movie starring Burt Reynolds three years later. Among other novels, Diehl went on to write three books in the Martin Vail mystery/thriller series– “Primal Fear” , “Show Of Evil” and “Reign In Hell”. You may recall that the movie version of Primal Fear starrred Richard Gere as attorney Martin Vail and introduced Edward Norten in his first film role.

Author Bebe Moore Campbell, 56, died in Los Angeles yesterday (Monday). Campbell wrote both fiction and non-fiction and has been praised as one of the top three most important African-American novelists in the 20th century. In addition to working as a commentator for National Public Radio, she also contributed to numerous publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. Her bestselling books include “Brothers And Sisters” and “Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine”.