Garry Dean
Created by Paul Whelton

"You dig me up a good yarn, brother, and I'll kiss you."
-- Dean chats up a source in Call the Lady Indiscreet.

GARRY DEAN is the hard-nosed big city newshawk for Belle City's Press-Bulletin who'll do anything for a story, in these delightful slices of American cheese.

And I do mean cheese. Garry spouts a steady stream of real he-man patter typical of forties and fifties hard-boiled dicks, and gets mixed up with the expected underworld thugs, troublesome broads, scam artists and the like, with enough scotch and sex tossed in to keep things moving. Kirkus at the time refered to the books as "reasonably slick."

Like one of the blurbs right there on the back cover says, "Paul Whelton supplies a dizzy plenty of action."

Yes, a "dizzy plenty of action."

Who am I to argue with a recommendation like that?

Author Paul Whelton was born in Boston, and worked as a rewrite man on several large city newspapers himself.

Whelton wrote six books featuring Dean, including several for Graphic Books, one of the more notorious publishers of what Bill Pronzini has dubbed "alternative classics."


  • "Not pretty, but moves right along."
    Kirkus Reviews, on Call the Lady Indiscreet


  • Death and the Devil (1944; aka "Flash-Hold for Murder")
  • Call the Lady Indiscreet (1946) .Buy this book
  • Angels Are Painted Fair (1947; aka "Lures of Death")
  • Women Are Skin Deep (1948)
  • Uninvited Corpse (1950)
  • Pardon My Blood (1950)
  • In Comes Death (1951)

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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