Frank DeNardo
Created by Philip Carlo

Former cop turned New York gumshoe FRANK DeNARDO has a New York townhouse and an "uncle" in the Mob. In his only known appearance, Stolen Flower (1986), he's off on a wide-ranging search (hot spots on his itenerary include Naples, Amsterdam and Munich) for a kidnapped ten-year old girl that leads him into the "savage, shocking heart of the international sexual underworld."

Publisher's Weekly differed at the time. "Some readers may find this titillating," they suggested, "but most will consider it clumsy writing, immature moralizing and some of the silliest detective work ever perpetrated. There are some obligatory pieties about child abuse and a trendy, bare-chested finale a la Rambo in this first novel."

Fortunately, the author didn't take it to heart. His next book was The Night Stalker: The Life and Crimes of Richard Ramirez, now in its twenty-first or so printing. He's since written a slew of books, many about child abuse and the Mob.


Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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