Sid Ames and Johnny Knight
Created by H.W. Roden (1895-1963)

SID AMES is a rye-swilling New York City gumshoe with a distaste for the cops and a rather unusual occasional sidekick, public relations consultant JOHNNY KNIGHT, who "knows all the angles and rarely misses a trick," and might have served as the brains of the bunch -- if only he had been any smarter than Sid. He wasn't.

Unfortunately, when Johnny popped in to get Sid out of a jam, he often made it worse. And the fact neither could hold their liquor didn't help. This was hot stuff in the forties -- one review tagged Roden a "frisky" writer, but some modern readers may find the intended screwball humour dated.

Sid (and Johnny) appeared in four novels in the 40's, all of which were eventually published by Dell -- including a couple of Mapbacks with spectacular covers.

The author was, at least according to Hubin, a wealthy corporate executive in the food industry. Writing mysteries was a hobby.

UNDER OATH

  • "Top tempo and some pretty fine lowdown lingo in the genre."
    -- Kirkus, 1944 on Too Busy to Die.

  • "(You Only Hang Once) would be funny if it were only humorous."
    -- William Deeck, The MYSTERY FANcier, Summer 1992.

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Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.


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