Burns' books are published in hardback, paperback, e-format, and audio. He is co-editor with Mary Rose Sullivan of an anthology of detective stories "Crime Classics," and has published under the pen name "Tom Sehler." His short stories have appeared in several periodicals and anthologies. For several years Burns wrote a monthly mystery book review column for the "Rocky Mountain News;" and other reviews have appeared in the "Washington Post," the "Miami Herald," and the "Denver Post." His essays on craft have been puiblished in "The Writer" and elsewhere. He was a contributor to Scribner's "Mystery and Suspense Writers," and an advisor and contributor to the "Oxford Companion to Mystery."
He received his AB from Stanford University,and, after serving in the Marine Cofrps, his MA and Ph.D from the University of Minnesota. He has published articles on American literature and culture, and a study of nineteenth century values entitled "Success in America: The Yeoman Dream and the Industrial Revolution." Retired from the University of Colorado at Denver, he lives and writes in Boulder, CO
Awards and Recognition
- Colorado Authors League "Top Hand" award: 1978,1979, 1980
- Denver Public Library "Bookplate" 1990
- Mystery Writers of America "Edgar"