LARRY KARP, 76, on Oct. 11 in Seattle, WA. Growing up in Paterson, NJ, Larry Karp self-published a serialized detective story, Richard Richard, Private Dick in a neighborhood newspaper at the age of eight. He practiced perinatal medicine (high-risk pregnancy care) and wrote general nonfiction books and articles for 25 years. In 1995, he left the medical profession to begin a second career: writing mystery novels.
The backgrounds and setting reflected many of his interests: medical-ethical issues, musical antiques, and ragtime music. The Ragtime Kid is set in Sedalia, Missouri in 1899; The King of Ragtime takes place in New York City in 1916 and centered on a real-life dispute between Scott Joplin and Irving Berlin; and in The Ragtime Fool the old Ragtime Kid returns to Sedalia in 1951 to take care of some unfinished business. Also Read: Ragtimers Celebrate Larry Karp’s Life