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The Gordons are crime fiction authors Gordon Gordon (born in Anderson, Indiana 12 March 1906 died 14 March 2002) and his wife Mildred Gordon (writer) (nee Nixon born 24 June 1912 in Kansas died 3 February 1979 in Tucson, Arizona). Both attended the University of Arizona where they met and later married in 1932. They have written many crime fiction novels, with some being been filmed.[1] After they learned that the screenwriter of Make Haste to Live received $40,000 whilst they the authors only received $5000, the Gordons insisted on writing the screenplays for their books being filmed.[1]

Mr. Gordon was an editor of the Tucson Citizen newspaper, was a publicist with 20th Century Fox from 1935-1942 then served as an FBI counter-intelligence agent during World War II for three years.[2] Mildred Gordon was a teacher, an editor of Arizona Highways magazine, worked for United Press and wrote The Little Man Who Wasn't There (1946).

Mr. Gordon remarried Mary Dorr (1918-2004) on 16 March 1980 and they wrote Race for the Golden Tide (1983), The Hong Kong Affair (1998) and It Could Happen (2000) continuing the exploits of their fictional FBI agent John Ripley. Gordon and Dorr created the Excellence in Media Angel Awards.

Major works

  • Make Haste to Live (1950) (filmed in 1954)
  • FBI Story (1950) (John Ripley)
  • Campaign Train (1952)
  • Case File: FBI (1953) (John Ripley) (also wrote the screenplay when filmed as Down Three Dark Streets in 1954)
  • The Case of the Talking Bug/Playback (title in UK) (1955)
  • The Big Frame (1957)
  • Captive (1957) (John Ripley)
  • Tiger on My Back (1960)
  • Operation Terror (1961) (John Ripley) (also wrote the screenplay when filmed as Experiment in Terror (1962)
  • Menace (1962)
  • Undercover Cat (1936) (also wrote the screenplay when filmed as That Darn Cat (1965))
  • Power Play (1965)
  • Undercover Cat Prowls Again (1966)
  • Night Before the Wedding (1969)
  • The Tumult and the Joy (1971)
  • The Informant (1973)
  • Catnapped! (1974)
  • The Ordeal: A Novel of Suspense About a Plane Crash and a Search for a Million Dollars (1976)
  • Night After the Wedding (1979)


  1. ^ a b Gordon Gordon
  2. ^ p.146 Society of Former Agents of the FBI 1998


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