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Lois Duncan (1934 - 2016)

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Lois Duncan (1934 - 2016)

Lois Duncan, an author known for writing suspense novels for young adults, died June 15, 2016, according to multiple news sources. She was 82.

Private investigator Pat Caristo said Thursday that Duncan died at her home near Sarasota, Florida.

Duncan had nearly 50 books published. Most of them were young adult suspense novels or children’s books. One of her best-known titles, “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” was adapted for a movie. Her children’s book “Hotel for Dogs” also became a movie.


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Duncan also wrote two books about the murder of her then 18-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn Arquette, who was shot and killed as she drove her car in 1989. The book – “Who Killed My Daughter?” – mixes facts and conjecture about the still-unsolved case. Albuquerque, New Mexico, police stated that the killing was a random drive-by shooting.

Duncan never stopped searching for a motive and the perpetrators, said Caristo, who helped Duncan in the effort.

She said Duncan helped create a research center for cold cases that turned into the nonprofit Resource Center for Victims of Violent Deaths.

"There are hundreds of people who benefited from her caring that no other parent should have to keep asking that question, who killed their child," Caristo said.

Duncan is survived by her husband, Don Arquette.

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