John Franklin Bardin was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on November 30, 1916. During his teens, he lost nearly all of his immediate family to various illnesses. As he approached thirty, he moved to New York City where he was an executive of an advertising agency, publishing ten novels and teaching creative writing and advertising at the New School for Social Research. In 1946, Bardin entered a period of intense creativity during which he wrote three crime novels that have since become genre-spanning classics: The Deadly Percheron, The Last of Philip Banter, and Devil Take the Blue-Tail Fly. Mr. Bardin resided in New York City's East Village until his death in 1981.