Created by Robert Bloch (1917-1994)
Even his one good eye is bloodshot.
One-eyed Hollywood dick MARK CLAYBURN doesn't need two peepers to figure out Tinseltown's rotten to the core -- he's got plenty of skeletons in his own closest But he's just the man to clean up the mess when a famous movie star is found dead on the set, under circumstances that could cause a lot of grief for his wealthy client, a producer.
But Mark needs the job. He used to run the Mark Clayburn Literary Agency, with swank offices on the strip, but that was a long time ago. Now he's drinking too much, and is barely scraping by as a "a part-time ten percenter, really, with a typewriter, a telephone, and a couple of small clients. Plus a license as a Notary Public and another one as a Private Investigator. Anything to make a buck. Not a very fast buck, either."
Mark made his only appearance in the 1958 novel Shooting Star, set to be reprinted in Spring 2008 by HardCaseCrime, but it's a memorable one.
Robert Bloch is, of course, the legendary author of Psycho.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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