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Peter Dickinson was born in Africa but raised and educated in England. From 1952 to 1969 he was on the editorial staff of Punch, and since then earned his living writing fiction of various kinds for children and adults. His books have been published in several languages throughout the world. The author of twenty-one crime and mystery novels for adults, Dickinson was the first to win the Gold Dagger Award of the Crime Writers' Association for two books running: The Glass-Sided Ants Nest (1968) and The Old English Peepshow (1969). Dickinson was shortlisted nine times for the prestigious Carnegie Medal for children's literature and was the first author to win it twice. Dickinson served as chairman of the Society of Authors and was a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2009 for services to literature. Peter Dickinson died on December 16, 2015, at the age of eighty-eight.
"Shapely and intelligent . . . Play Dead rises triumphant." -Chicago Tribune "Dickinson's touch is so masterly here that he makes other fine domestic mysteries seem quite amateurish." -Kirkus Reviews "An adroit and suspenseful tale." -The New York Times Book Review "The works of British mystery writer Peter Dickinson are like caviar-an acquired taste that easily can become an addiction." -Time "The whodunits of British novelist Peter Dickinson are exceptional." -Newsweek "Wherever he turns his swirling imagination, Dickinson finds the mysterious in the familiar and writes mesmerizing whodunits." -The Washington Post Book World "He is a true original, a superb writer who revitalizes the conventions of the mystery genre." -P. D. James