Created by Dan J. Marlowe (1914-87)
JOHNNY KILLAIN is a "tough, but not inhuman" hotel dick/bell captain/night porter/bouncer and part-time detective working out of the Duarte in New York City who appeared in a spate of hard-charging Avon paperback originals by Dan J. Marlowe in the late fifties/early sixties.
According to Josef Hoffmann in The Mystery File
I dunno -- I thought the stories were pretty good. And you've just got to love stuff like this, used as an inside blurb in Doorway to Death (1959), where a cop gives us the skinny on Johnny:
Excuse me? I'm not even sure I want to know what that means...
Author Dan J. Marlowe worked in accounting, insurance and public relations, until 1957, when his wife died. At the age of 43, he decided to become a writer. He became one of the best and most popular writers of paperback originals of the sixties, and is best known for his series featuring cold, ruthless professional criminal Earl Drake.
Charles Kelly's heartbreaker of a tale, published in the March 10, 2012, issue of The Los Angles Review of Books, about "an amnesiac pulp writer in L.A.," the first taste of Gunshots in Another Room, his 2012 full-tilt bio of Dan J. Marlowe.
Respectfully report submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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