Nebraska Authors

Patricia McGerr

Born 1917-12-26 Falls City, NE (USA)

Died 1985-05-11
Bethesda, MD (USA)

Silver Spring, MD (USA)
Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Silver Spring, MD

McGerr was a famous and prolific Mystery Writer. She visited the library in 1972 and provided signed copies of books for the collection which became part of the Heritage Room. She is the daughter of Patrick and Katherine (Dore) McGerr. Her mother, Katherine, worked with William Jennings Bryan and ran for Congress both in 1934 and 1938.

Places Lived

Falls City, NE
Lincoln, NE
New York, NY
Washington, D.C.

Author Of

  • Fiction


Fiction; Mysteries


Bachelor of Arts, 1936, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Master of Arts in Journalism, 1937, Columbia University, New York, NY


Magazine Editor
Public Relations Director

Places Worked

Construction Methods Magazine
American Road Builders Association, Public Relations Director, Washington, D.C.


Several stories were dramatized on radio and television
Catholic Press Association Short Story Contest, First Prize, 1950
Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere, France, 1952
Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Short Story Contest, Second Prize, 1962; First Prize, 1967


Mystery Writers of America
Catholic Interracial Council of Washington
Northwest Washington D.C. Fair Housing Association


Pick Your Victim. 1947.
The Seven Deadly Sisters. 1948.
Catch Me if You Can. 1949.
Save the Witness. 1950.
Follow, As the Night. 1951.
Death in a Million Living Rooms. 1952.
The Missing Years. 1953.
Fatal in My Fashion. 1955.
Martha, Martha. 1960.
My Brothers, Remember Monica. 1964.
Is There a Traitor in the House?. 1965.
Murder is Absurd. 1967.
Stranger with My Face. 1968.
For Richer, For Poorer, Till Death. 1969.
Legacy of Danger. 1970.
Daughter of Darkness. 1974.
Dangerous Landing. 1975.

Also published numerous short stories including Johnny Lingo and the Eight Cow Wife. 1962.

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