Johnny DeMarco

Created by Frank Megna

Aging Big Apple boxer JOHNNY DeMARCO, known to fight fans as "The Brooklyn Bomber," has seen more than his share of opponents boxing gloves up close, but that doesn't stop him from trying to stage a comeback. He's pushing 40 and and he even retired for five years, working instead as a private eye, but against all odds his return to the ring is a triumph, and he becomes something of a local sensation.

And it doesn't do too bad for his detective business either. In his debut, The Long Count (2003), he gets hired by an old high school pal he lost contact with, but who decides that Johnny is just the man to track down his missing daughter.

Author Frank Megna is a third generation Italian-American, who grew up in a working class Brooklyn neighborhood where he learned to box by the age of 11. At 19 he turned professional but soon found a new calling -- acting! He is a member of WGA East, has written a number of plays, screenplays and TV scripts, and in his spare time runs his own theater, the Working Stage Theater, in Hollywood. Last I heard from him, he was into the planning stages of his next Johnny DeMarco mystery, No Standing Eight.

"The thing about the P.I. genre," Frank explains, "is that it allows for an examination of human nature. The P.I. (his personality, his character, his morality) is the prism through which the reader experiences irony. The case presents the murky waters containing a conflicting value system (filled with strange fish)." 

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Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.


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