As director Joseph Losey whose The Lawless was adapted by Mainwaring from the writer's own short story (publication undetermined) The Voice of Stephen Wilder noted:
This is one of the things that makes me very close to Dan Mainwaring--his experience of Americana the nostalgia of the good things about small towns. I remember the smell of burning leaves at night in the autumn too. I'd get to the end and have to say whodunit and be so mixed up I couldn't decide myself.
Daniel Mainwaring (22 July 1902 – 31 January 1977) was a novelist and screenwriter. And Dan remembers them all. Mainwaring's widow remembers that actually Mainwaring himself acted as a front for blacklisted author Paul Jarrico.