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, "Killain is a character very typical of the “hard-boiled detective story”: of massive physique, aggressive, cool, reckless, a survivor. He is bubbling with sarcastic wit and, of course, is a great man for the women.
Although the Killain novels contain some of the qualities of the “Black Mask school” of the 20s and 30s, today they seem in parts to be full of clichés and straining after effect. For Marlowe, they provide a good basis for his later writing"
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.
Report submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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