Summary: author whose gritty first novel Whistle Stop was considered as one of the best books of 1941, which it was adapted for a film and starred George Raft and Ava Gardner, who wrote five other novels including Night Shift, and then suddenly stopped writing after several best sellers but who kept a complete unpublished novel in her refrigerator for years.
Cause of Death: Lung cancer
Born: December 25, 1918
Died: July 1, 2002
Location: Los Angeles, California