Over the years, there have been rumors spread about how author-screenwriter Ernest Tidyman (1928-1984) did not actually write all seven of the John Shaft private-eye novels bearing his byline, but instead had one or more ghostwriters doing at least some of the work. While researching a short piece about Tidyman, I’ve tried to determine the accuracy of those rumors, but haven’t found a definitive answer.
If any Rap Sheet reader has evidence that Tidyman employed ghostwriters, I would be most grateful to hear about it. Please drop an e-mail note to me here.
READ MORE: “Shaft and the Ghosts of Ernest Tidyman,” by Steve Aldous (The Rap Sheet).