Ross Thomas
Ross Thomas (1926-1995) was an American author of crime fiction, mystery and thriller novels. He wrote the Mac McCorkle, Philip St. Ives (as Oliver Bleeck) and Arthur Case Wu series. Thomas served during World War II in the Philippines. He then worked in public relations, with the Armed Forces Network, as a union spokesman and a political strategist before finally settling on his career as an author. His thrillers would delve into the inner workings of politics. Thomas passed away due to lung cancer in Santa Monica, California. He was 69 years old.

Ross Thomas made his debut as a novelist in 1966 with the novel The Cold War Swap, beginning his Mac McCorkle series. His final published work was Ah, Treachery!, which was released in 1994. Below is a list of Ross Thomas’ books in order of when they were originally published:

Publication Order of Mac McCorkle Books


The Cold War Swap(1966) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cast a Yellow Shadow(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Backup Men(1971) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Twilight at Mac's Place(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Philip St. Ives Books


The Brass Go-Between(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Procane Chronicle(1971) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Protocol for a Kidnapping(1971) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Highbinders(1974) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
No Questions Asked(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Arthur Case Wu Books


Chinaman's Chance(1978) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Out on the Rim(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Voodoo, Ltd.(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


The Seersucker Whipsaw(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Singapore Wink(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Fools in Town Are on Our Side(1970) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Porkchoppers(1972) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
If You Can't Be Good(1973) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Money Harvest(1975) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Yellow-Dog Contract(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Eighth Dwarf(1979) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Mordida Man(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Missionary Stew(1983) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Briarpatch(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Fourth Durango(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ah, Treachery!(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books


Warriors for the Poor: The Story of VISTA, Volunteers In Service to America(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Spies, Thumbsuckers, Etc.(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: The Philip St. Ives series was written as Oliver Bleeck. The Procane Chronicle was also published as The Thief Who Painted Sunlight. The non-fiction book Warriors for the Poor was written with William H. Crook.

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Ross Thomas Synopses: In The Singapore Wink by Ross Thomas, Edward Cauthorne is a used car salesman, but in a previous career, he was a stuntman in Hollywood. His career was cut short due to a run-in with the Mafia – a run-in that left his partner dead. But now he’s being offered $25,000 if he can find his partner alive.

In If You Can’t Be Good by Ross Thomas, while everyone has some sort of motivation, angle, grudge or scam, Deek Lewis is a would-be historian and a muckraker who must find out who set a young woman ablaze.

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