Michael Angelo Avallone, Jr., was born in New York on October 27, 1924. He attended Theodore Roosevelt High School in the Bronx. Like millions of his generation, he went into military service in World War II; he served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1946 and was discharged with the rank of sergeant. On his return from military service, he became a stationery salesperson, a position he held for nine years (1946-1955). He was married to Lucille Asero in 1949 and they had one son. In 1960, he was married to Fran Weinstein and they had one daughter and one son.
An avid motion-picture fan in his youth, Avallone toyed with writing his own scripts. He entered the literary world in 1953 with the publication by Holt, Rinehart of his first detective novel, The Tall Delores. During the next five years, while writing his first ten Ed Noon books, he served as an editor for Republic Features in New York (1956-1958) and for Cape Magazines, New York (1958-1960).
During the 1960’s, when the United States was torn asunder by the rise of the Civil Rights movement, the war on poverty, the hippie counterculture, and the anti-Vietnam War crusade, Avallone churned out nearly fifty books under the pseudonyms Nick Carter, Sidney Stuart, Priscilla Dalton, Edwina Noone, Dorothea Nile, and Troy Conway. In the early 1970’s, he wrote under the names Jean-Anne de Pre and Vance Stanton. Under his own name he produced another twenty-seven books by 1978....
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