Ross Thomas was an American writer of crime fiction. He is best known for his witty thrillers that expose the mechanisms of professional politics.
His debut novel, The Cold War Swap, was written in only six weeks and won a 1967 Edgar Award for Best First Novel. His novel Briarpatch earned the 1985 Edgar for Best Novel.
He was called "the Jane Austen of the political espionage story" by Stephen King, writing in The Washington Post's Book World.
In 2002 he was honored with the inaugural Gumshoe Lifetime Achievement Award, one of only two authors to earn the award posthumously (the other was 87th Precinct author Ed McBain in 2006).
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