Marla Trent
Created by Henry Kane (pseudonyms include Anthony McCall, Kenneth R. McKay & Mario J. Sagola; also house pseudonym Ellery Queen; 1918 --)

Marla Trent, one of the first women eyes, first appeared in 1959's Private Eyeful. She later teamed up with author Kane's most famous PI creation, Peter Chambers, in 1962's Kisses of Death. She may have been one of the early lady eyes, but there was always something a bit smirky about the way she was portrayed on the book jackets. The blurbs offer such liberated praise as "a beautiful body with a brain to match" and compliments her "amazing brain (and body)." She also appears on one paperback topless, wearing a shoulder holster. Gee, I wonder what market they were going after?

Author Kane was responsible for over 60 novels, 30 of which featured Chambers. He also created ex-NYC cop/PI McGregor.


Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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