S. S. Van Dine
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
S. S. Van Dine was the pseudonym of Willard Huntington Wright (October 15, 1888 - April 11, 1939), a U.S. art critic and author. He created the once immensely popular fictional detective Philo Vance, who first appeared in books in the 1920s, then in movies and on the radio.
Twenty rules for writing detective stories (1928) - S.S. Van Dine