Johnny Aloha
Created by Day Keene (pseud. for Gunnar Hjerstedt, 1904-1969)

Day Keene's JOHNNY ALOHA is a -- what else? -- Hawaiian eye.

You were expecting maybe Alaska?

Nope. Johnny's an ex-Marine (he fought in Korea), half-Irish and half Hawaiian, who, after the war, set up as a private detective in Los Angeles. The stories are very unlike Keene's other stories. I found them rather similar to those of Carter Brown.

I believe that he inspired an American TV series in 1959 Hawaiian Eye.

Day Keene was born Gunnar Hjerstedt in Chicago in 1904), and died in North Hollywood, in 1969. Along the way he wrote for the theater, radio, the pulps and finally paperbacks. Well-received in France, many of his mystery and crime novels were first published there.


  • Dead in Bed (1959; French title "Vice sans fin")
  • Payola (1960; French title "Change pas de disque")

Contributed by Marcel Bernadac.

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