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Publication Order of Pete Sawyer Books

The Dark Goddess (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stone Angel (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Back in the Real World (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Get Off at Babylon (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Long Teeth (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Smile (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Midnight Sister (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bimbo Heaven (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Zig-Zag Man (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Riviera Contract (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Tony Rome Books

as Anthony Rome
Miami Mayhem (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lady in Cement (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Kind of Game (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Marvin H. Albert Standalone Novels

Apache Rising (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
Party Girl (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hoods Come Calling (As:Nick Quarry) (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trail of a Tramp (As:Nick Quarry) (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pink Panther (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Reformed Gun (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl with No Place to Hide (As:Nick Quarry) (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Chance In Hell (As:Nick Quarry) (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
Clayburn (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
All The Young Men (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Last Train to Bannock Clayburn (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
The VIPs (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Three Rode North (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Goodbye Charlie (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man in Black (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
What's New Pussycat? (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Don Is Dead (As:Nick Quarry) (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Skylark Mission (As:Ian MacAlister) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Vendetta (As:Nick Quarry) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Duel at Diablo (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Strike Force 7 (As:Ian MacAlister) (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crazy Joe (As:Mike Barone) (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Valley of the Assassins (As:Ian MacAlister) (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gargoyle Conspiracy (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Driscoll's Diamonds (As:Ian MacAlister) (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hidden Lives (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Medusa Complex (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Becoming a Mother (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Operation Lila (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Untouchables (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Golden Circle (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pieds Sur Terre (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rider From Wind River (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Dancer's Progress and Schodinger's Cat (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Egypt (As:Ian MacAlister) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Marvin H. Albert Non-Fiction Books

The Long White Road (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Divorce (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Broadsides And Boarders. (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Crooked Road, Volume 3(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Marvin H. Albert was an American author from Philadelphia that made his name writing several series of novels in the adventure, crime, and mystery genres. He is best known for the “Stone Angel” series of novels featuring Pete Sawyer an American-French private investigator working and living in France. Writing in many different genres, Marvin Albert used several pseudonyms including Al Conroy, Anthony Rome, Nick Quarry, Ian McAllister, Albert Conroy, and Mike Barone. Before he got into a full time writing career, Marvin H. Albert was in the US Merchant Marine, where he served as a radio officer during World War II. After the war, he settled in Philadelphia, where he was the director of children’s theater performing group. In 1950, he moved to New York taking up a job as an editor and writer for Look and Quick magazines. He wrote his debut novel “The Law and Jake Wade” that went on to become a fan favorite almost immediately after publication in 1956. In addition to his highly popular mysteries, westerns and novelizations of popular films and television series from Hollywood, he also tried his hand at biography writing and was surprisingly good at it. He is credited with writing the biography of Henry VIII titled “The Divorce” and “Broadsides and Boarders” which is a history of great sea captains, and the biography of Ernest Shackleton, the famous Arctic explorer that was titled The Long White Road”. Some of his novels that have been made into films include “The Law and Jake Wade”, “Duel at Diablo”, “The Man in Black”, “Lady In Cement”, “The Don is Dead”, and “Adieu Marin” among others.

After writing for a few years, Albert moved from New York to Los Angeles to try his hand at screenwriting. He adapted nine of his popular novels for film and TV, including novels such as “Miami Mayhem” that was retitled as “Tony Rome” starring Frank Sinatra and “Apache Rising” that starred Sidney Poitier and was retitled “Duel at Diablo”. Even as he was getting old, he never stopped writing and after he moved to Europe in 1976, he would continue to pen more of his excellent works from his new home in Mont Segur-sur-Lauzon in the south of France. “The Gargoyle Conspiracy”, an international suspense thriller published in 1975 was shortlisted for Best Mystery Novel at the Edgar Awards in 1976. He would go on to write even more successful standalones over the years including his most famous and popular work the “Stone Angel” series from France. His last known work was a mystery set in New York City just before the start of the millennium titled “Scarlet Woman”. Marvin Albert died of a heart attack at his home in France aged 73. He left behind his family of wife Xenia Klar, his daughter and son both of Manhattan, and a granddaughter.

The Stone Angel series of novels is one of the most popular and best known of Albert H. Marvin’s works. Featuring the French American investigative sleuth Pete Sawyer, the ten titles in the series are some of the finest detective mysteries one could ever read. Pete Sawyer the lead character in the series was born of a French mother that had been a World War II Resistance hero. After the death of Pete’s father, she had sent him to the United States to live with her parents. As such, Sawyer lived most of his life in the US city of Chicago, though he would frequently holiday in France before moving there permanently as an adult. When we are first introduced to the Pete Sawyer character, he is investigating the disappearance of a client’s daughter, which turns out to be more complicated than he first thought. The girl has gotten herself involved with some terrorist group and while she does not know it, she could be in a lot of trouble. Over the course of the series, Sawyer deals with all kinds of characters from the very rich of Paris to the criminals in the gutter, to the law enforcement officers, who try to sabotage his work at every turn. The Stone Angel novels have a smooth writing style full of dialogue, and travelogue, and plenty of fast-paced action in the great tradition of Marvin Albert that readers have always loved.

“Stone Angel” is the exhilarating first novel of the Stone Angel series of novels by Marvin H. Albert. Pete Sawyer the lead character in the novel is introduced as a man with American and French roots that prefers the French Riviera to cold and wet Chicago where he grew up. Pete who goes by the name Pierre-Ange that means Stone Angel in English, loves his guns and a glass of wine from time to time. Sawyer has just been hired by one of the Riviera’s wealthiest couple to find their daughter that has gone missing. It is a simple case for the detective, and he tracks down the teenage girl’s most recent location to a Paris address. However, the girl is not at the location that seems to have been the hideout of a group of terrorists, who have left blood in their wake. What does a teenage girl from a wealthy family have to do with what seems to be a terrorist sleeper cell? And even more bizarre, could the wealthy Champagne magnates of Lamaire be involved with a terrorist group? He now needs to use his cunning and charm to resolve an intricate case, which could have far-reaching consequences for France and the girl involved.

“Back in the Real World” sees the Half American half French protagonist Pete Sawyer make a comeback in this enthralling second novel of the Stone Angel series. Most of Pete’s days are spent sunning himself on the garden of his estate on the French Riviera, unless he has a case on his hands. Getting out of the house to visit his friend Frank Crowley, he stumbles upon a pair of bodies that he recognizes. One is Frank’s gorgeous sister-in-law Nathalie, and the other is private eye Anne Marie. Both bodies have bullet holes in their foreheads and are completely naked. Could the two have been having an illicit affair and what did the murder have to do with the bizarre happenings at the prestigious fashion design house, where Anne Marie worked as lead designer. With his gun in hand and his wits about him, Pete Sawyer needs to solve the dark murder mystery if his friend Crowley is not to end up in jail for a crime he did not commit.

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2 Responses to “Marvin H. Albert”

  1. Jim Kuntz: 9 months ago

    I’m trying to find a book title Nightmare in Dreamland or A nightmare to Dreamland by Marvin H. Albert. Can anyone help with this?

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    • Graeme: 9 months ago

      From researching it, it doesn’t appear that book was ever released. I can’t see any published copies or anything.

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