Born in 1914 in Neihart, Mont., he moved to The Dalles, Ore., and spent his teenage years in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from Harvard University in 1936, and was editor of the Harvard Lampoon for three years.
He moved to New York, writing freelance fiction and movie reviews for magazines."
Terrall was the author of a number of mystery novels under his own name. He also wrote some of the Mike Shayne novels published by Dell.
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