David Francis Dodge (1910-1974) was a successful author of mystery/thriller novels and humorous travel books. His first book was published in 1941. His fiction is characterized by tight plotting, brisk dialogue, memorable and well-defined characters, and (often) exotic locations.
With the publication of "To Catch a Thief" in 1952, Dodge abandoned series characters and focused on stand-alone suspense adventures set in exotic locales around the world. "To Catch a Thief" was also Dodge's greatest career success, primarily due to the fact the Alfred Hitchcock purchased the film rights before the novel was even published and turned it into the 1955 Paramount film starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.
- To Catch a Thief (1955) - writer: original novel