Edward Hoch (b. 1930) is a phenomenally prolifi c American short-story writer with over seven hundred to his credit. He has created many fascinating detectives, including Captain Leopold, Dr Sam Hawthorne, Nick Velvet, Ben Snow and Simon Ark. His stories appear regularly in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine but only a few have made it into individual story collections. Well worth tracking down is his Captain Leopold volume, Leopold's Way, his Simon Ark series, The Judges of Hades, City of Brass and The Quests of Simon Ark, the Nick Velvet books The Spy and the Thief and The Thefts of Nick Velvet, whilst a few of his Sam Hawthorne stories have been collected as Diagnosis: Impossible. His more general mystery ficction will be found in The Night My Friend. Hoch has written several Sherlock Holmes stories including "The Return of the Speckled Band" in The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, "The Manor House Case" in Resurrected Holmes and "The Christmas Client" in Holmes for the Holidays.