Created by Adam Knight (pseudonym of Lawrence Lariar, 1908-1981; aka Michael Lawrence and Michael Stark)
STEVE CONACHER is a little guy for a private richard--but a tough one, who appeared in several hard-boiled novels back in the fifties, most of which had him embarking on Hammer-like missions of vengeance.
The blurb for the paperback edition of Murder for Madame (1951) reads:
And Stone Cold Blonde (1951)entices readers with this little nugget:
Although he was New York-based, Steve did find time to travel, venturing as far as Paris in Girl Running and Puerto Rico in The Sunburned Corpse.
Knight, whose real name was Lawrence Lariar, was a journeyman detective writer who, under assorted pen names gave us private eyes Johnny Amsterdam and Sugar Shannon, as well as a couple of books featuring is real name of Lawrence Lariar, several several other mystery novels, including two about Homer Bull, an overweight comic strip writer and amateur sleuth, and his Watson-type assistant, Ham McAndrews, who also happens to be his cartoonist.
Respectfully submitted by David Pekasky, with some additional info by Kevin Burton Smith.
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