Oakley Hall (1920-2008) died on May 14. He wrote some two dozen novels over a period of nearly fifty years. He is best known today for his ground-breaking western, Warlock (1958). Hall’s earlier books were set in California, where he lived his entire life. With the exception of the semi-autobiographical Corpus of Joe Bailey, the stories took place at the time they were written. (Last year Hall revisited his Joe Bailey days in Love and War in California.)
Here, for the record, is a list of Hall’s pre-1960 California novels:
Murder City [as O. M. Hall] Farrar, Straus (1949), 223 pp.
So Many Doors. Random House (1950), 302 pp.
Corpus of Joe Bailey. Viking Press (1953), 479 pp.
Too Dead to Run [as Jason Manor]. Viking Press (1953), 186 pp
The Red Jaguar [as Jason Manor]. Viking Press (1954), 184 pp.
paperback ed.: The Girl in the Red Jaguar. Popular Library (1955).
Mardios Beach. Viking Press (1955), 282 pp.
Pawns of Fear [as Jason Manor]. Viking Press (1955), 184 pp.
paperback ed.: No Halo for Me. Popular Library (1956).
The Tramplers [as Jason Manor]. Viking Press (1956), 181 pp.