CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Mystery and crime fiction writer Edward Gorman has died.

Gorman’s publicist says he died Friday after a long battle with cancer. He was 74.

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Gorman, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was the author of dozens of mystery novels, including the Sam McCain, Jack Dwyer and Dev Conrad series. He set much of his fiction in small Midwestern towns. His novel The Poker Club was adapted into a 2008 film with the same title.

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Gorman spent 23 years in advertising, public relations and politics before his first novel, Rough Cut, was published in 1984. He then dedicated himself full time to writing.

During his career, he received the Shamus Award, the Spur Award and the International Fiction Writers Award.

He was married to Carol Gorman, a children’s fiction writer.