Though I officially passed to Jim Winter last week, I wanted to mention a favorite author I had lost for more than ten years. In the late 1970s Chicago reporter Bill Granger started a series of well written, well researched books about American spy Peter Devereaux (The November Man).
Through 1993's Burning The Apostle, Granger plausibly portrayed an aging protagonist. In 2005, Pierce Brosnan signed to play Devereaux in a November Man movie, and I blogged about Granger, finding a comment that he'd suffered a stroke in 2003 that robbed him of most of his memories. He had been committed to a veteran's home where, as of 2007, he still lived.