Word has come down that author Brian Garfield, 79, died Saturday at his home from Parkinson's Disease. Garfield, a former president of the Western Writers of America as well as The Mystery Writers of America, published over 70 books, including Death Wish which was made into a noted film starring Charles Bronson. Some of his books were published under the pen names Bennett Garland, Alex Hawk, John Ives, Drew Mallory, Frank O'Brian, Jonas Ward, Brian Wynne, and Frank Wynne. His novel Hopscotch won an Edgar Award in 1970 for Best Mystery Novel.
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