Summary: author of the 1954 novel The Desperate Hours, a fact-based, suspenseful story about a suburban family taken hostage in their own home by three escaped convicts, which was later turned into a 1955 Tony-winning play (starring a young Paul Newman) and a 1956 movie with Humphrey Bogart.
Cause of Death: Alzheimer's disease
Born: August 2, 1918
Died: September 11, 2006
Location: St. Augustine, Florida