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journalist , screenwriter , writer

Peter Maas, American Writer. Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1952-1954. Member Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association American Center, Author's Guild.

Background

Maas, Peter was born on June 27, 1929 in New York City. Son of Carl and Madeleine (Fellheimer) Maas.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, Duke U., 1949; postgraduate, The Sorbonne, Paris, 1950.

Career

Maas had Dutch and Irish heritage. He was the biographer of Frank Serpico, a New York City Police officer who testified against police corruption. He is also the author of the number one New York Times bestseller, Underboss, about the life and times of Sammy "The Bull" Gravano.

The Valachi Papers, which told the story of Mafia turncoat Joseph Valachi, is widely considered to be a seminal work, as it spawned an entire genre of books written by or about former Mafiosi. Peter Maas was married to Audrey Gellen Maas, with whom he adopted a son, John-Michael Maas. Audrey died in 1975. He made a brief cameo as himself in an episode of Homicide: Life on the Street.

Achievements

  • His other notable bestsellers include The Valachi Papers, Manhunt, and In a Child's Name, recipient of the 1991 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime book.

Works

Membership

Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1952-1954. Member Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association American Center, Author's Guild.

Connections

Married Audrey Gellen, April 4, 1962 (deceased July 1975). 1 child, John-Michael. Married Suzanne Jones, February 1, 1986.

1 child, Terrence.

father:
Carl Maas

mother:
Madeleine (Fellheimer) Maas

spouses:
Suzanne Jones

Audrey Gellen

children:
John-Michael Maas

Terrence Maas