Thomas Louis Berger (July 20, 1924 – July 13, 2014) was an American novelist. Probably best known for his picaresque novel Little Big Man and the subsequent film by Arthur Penn, Berger explored and manipulated many genres of fiction throughout his career, including the crime novel, the hard-boiled detective story, science fiction, the utopian novel, plus re-workings of classical mythology, Arthurian legend, and the survival adventure.[1] Berger’s biting wit led many reviewers to refer to him as a satirist or “comic” novelist, descriptions he preferred to reject.[2] His admirers often bemoaned that his talent and achievement were under-appreciated, in view of his versatility across many forms of fiction, his precise use of language, and his probing intelligence.

Books in order of publication by series:

Crazy in Berlin Carlo Reinhart #11958
Reinhart in Love Carlo Reinhart #21962
Little Big Man1964
Jack Crabb #1 Killing Time1967
Vital Parts1970
Carlo Reinhart #3 Regiment of Women 1973
Sneaky People1975
Who is Teddy Villanova?1977
Arthur Rex: A Legendary Novel1978
Neighbors1980
Reinhart’s Women Carlo Reinhart #41981
The Feud 1983
Nowhere1985
Being Invisible1987
The Houseguest1988
Changing the Past1989
Orrie’s Story1990
Meeting Evil1992
Robert Crews1994
Suspects1996
The Return of Little Big Man Jack Crabb #21999
Best Friends2003
Adventures of the Artificial Woman2004

Stories

Plays

  • Other People (1970)
  • Rex, Rita, and Roger (1970)
  • The Siamese Twins (1971)
  • At the Dentist’s (radio play) (1981)
  • The Burglars (1988)