Melville Davisson Post

Melville Davisson Post (1869–1930) was a West Virginia author and attorney best known for his stories featuring Uncle Abner, an amateur detective and backwoodsman who solves mysteries and hands out justice in the years before the Civil War. Post’s other iconic creation is the amoral lawyer Randolph Mason, whose exploits on behalf of his criminal clients helped to establish the legal thriller genre.

“An out-of-this-world target for future detective-story writers.”  - Ellery Queen on Uncle Abner

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