LOCHTE, Dick. (Richard S. Lochte). American, b. 1944. Genres: Novels, Novellas/Short stories, Mystery/Crime/Suspense, Plays/Screenplays. Career: Audio-tape fiction reviewer, 1989-99. Playboy Enterprises, Chicago, promotional copywriter, 1966-70; Playboy Enterprises, Los Angeles, West Coast promotional mgr., 1970-71; freelance writer, 1971; Los Angeles Free Press, film critic, 1971-74; Los Angeles Times, book columnist, 1974-85; Los Angeles mag., theater critic, 1975-96; Los Angeles Book Review, mystery fiction reviewer, 1996-. Recipient: Nero Wolfe Award, 1985. Publications: The Playboy Writer, 1968; Death Mask (novel), 1971; Escape to Athena (screenplay), 1979; Philip Strange (screenplay), 1985; Sleeping Dog (mystery), 1985; Laughing Dog (mystery), 1988; Sleeping Dog (screenplay), 1989; Blue Bayou (mystery), 1992; The Neon Smile (mystery), 1995; (with C. Darden) The Trials of Nikki Hill, 1999; (with C. Darden) L.A. Justice, 2001; Lucky Dog and Other Tales of Murder (short stories), 2001. Address: PO Box 5413, Santa Monica, CA 90409, U.S.A.