The Scarab Murder Case: A Philo Vance Detective Story
About the Book
THE SCARAB MURDER CASE is one of S. S. Van Dine's novels of crime and mystery. Van Dine was born Willard Huntington Wright in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1888. He attended St. Vincent College, Pomona College and Harvard University, but failed to graduate, leaving to cultivate contacts he had made in the literary world. At the age of 21, Wright began his professional writing career as literary editor of the Los Angeles Times. In 1926, Wright published his first S. S. Van Dine novel, THE BENSON MURDER CASE. Wright went on to write 11 more mysteries. The first few books about his upper-class amateur sleuth, Philo Vance, were so popular that Wright became wealthy for the first time in his life. His later books declined in popularity as the reading public's tastes in mystery fiction changed, but during the late '20s and early '30s his work was very successful.