Craig Rice (1908–1957), born Georgiana Ann Randolph Craig, was an American author of mystery novels and short stories. In 1946, she became the first mystery writer to appear on the cover of Time magazine. Best known for her character John J. Malone, a rumpled Chicago lawyer, Rice’s writing style was unique in its ability to mix gritty, hard-boiled writing with the entertainment of a screwball comedy. She also collaborated with mystery writer Stuart Palmer on screenplays and short stories, and ghost-wrote several titles published under the byline of actor George Sanders.
“Why can’t all murders be as funny as those concocted by Craig Rice?” —The New York Times
“Rice made the screwball mystery her specialty with wacky characters, outrageous situations and a sense of pure fun.” —TCM.com