Rusty Forbes

Created by Milton K. Ozaki
Other pseudonyms included Robert O. Saber & Mark Shane

"The car was hot and so was the blonde who drove it. A smart shamus like Rusty Forbes should have known better than to hole up with her in a tourist cabin. By the time that the little picnic was over, he found himself custodian of a corpse-and on the trail of enough loot to stock a department store."

-- the blurb

RUSTY FORBES was yet another of Milton Ozaki's hard-boiled (some might say over-boiled, given the cheese quotient) Chicago eyes, up to his neck in half-naked babes, booze and blood. Others include Max Keene, Carl Good and Carl Guard, the latter two bearing a particularly striking resemblance to each other.

Milton Ozaki was a Chicago newspaperman, artist, tax attorney and beauty salon operator who turned to writing crime fiction after World War II, and gave us a couple of dozen hard-boiled romps, all but two of them paperback originals, many of them for the infamous Graphic line, and all of them full of enough sex, violence and ham-fisted, jaw-dropping prose to fulfill all your daily cheese requirements. Pronzini even cites him in Son of Gun in Cheek a few times, for such classics as this one from Dressed to Kill (1954), Rusty's only appearance:

"The blonde strolled to to the cabin and unlocked the door. she went in, leaving the door invitingly open. I looked it it and my red corpuscles began to get redder."

Now that's writing!



Written and compiled by Bill Crider, originally for EyeCon, 1995.

Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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