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Wilson, John Morgan (b. 1945)  
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Wilson's greatest strength in the Justice series is his distinctive voice. All of the novels are lifted above the ordinary by Wilson's unusual skill with language. He is a careful stylist. He writes with a clarity and grace seldom encountered in any but the very best mystery fiction, and his descriptions of the southern California environs are as evocative as those by Ross MacDonald and Joseph Hansen.

In addition to the Benjamin Justice series, Wilson has co-authored a mainstream mystery series with society bandleader Peter Duchin. So far, two novels have been published in this series: Blue Moon (2002) and Good Morning Heartache (2003). Set in the 1960s, they feature society bandleader Philip Damon and are considerably lighter in tone, and more romantic and nostalgic, than the Benjamin Justice novels.

With his companion of many years, Pietro Gamino, Wilson lives in West Hollywood, California, where he continues to write and teach. Wilson has described West Hollywood, whose history of activism is key to Moth and Flame, as "a special place, warts and all . . . . This unique city exists because some determined women and men joined together and made a difference. As much as West Hollywood sometimes makes me crazy, I wish there were more cities like it."

Ted-Larry Pebworth

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"Interview with John Morgan Wilson." New Mystery Reader Magazine (October 2003):

Lehoczky, Etelka. "Building a Mystery." The Advocate (June 19, 2001):

Wilson, John Morgan. "WeHo, Warts and All . . . ." The Advocate (December 21, 2004):



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    Author: Pebworth, Ted-Larry  
    Entry Title: Wilson, John Morgan  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
    Publication Date: 2005  
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