Created by Louis L'Amour (pseudonym of Louis Dearborn LaMoore, 1908-1988)
KIP (his mom was a fan of Rudyard Kipling) MORGAN is a former prizefighter (light heavyweight) trying to make a go of it as a private detective in 1940's Los Angeles. He appeared in several short stories in the pulps of the era, written by author L'Amour, best known of course for his western novels.
Part of the stories' charm lay in their versimultude -- Lamour was once a fighter himself, and this previous career gives Kip a decided advantage: he can sure handle himself in a brawl, which comes in handy since he seems to get in a lot of them in the course of his investigations. the other advantage is that he has plenty of contacts among the often shifty denizens of the boxing demimonde.
The action-packed Kip stories, along with several other examples of L'Amour's short crime fiction all written for the pulps (including one for the legendary Black Mask) were eventually collected in 1983's The Hills of Homicide. Several featured another private eye, Neil Shannon.
-- Louis L'Amour
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Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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