Created by Dale Bogarde (pseudonym of Douglas Enfer; other pseudonyms include Paul Denver and John Powers; 1906-87)
Yet another would-be American tough guy by yet another British author with no particular knowledge of the United States, DALE BOGARD was the creation of prolific pulpster Douglas Enefer (one paperback billed him as "the fastest thriller writer on Earth!").
I've read one of his alternative classics, Pardon My Body (1951), in which Bogard, an boozing ex-newspaperman, takes on crooked cops, deadly dames and a rogue's gallery of colourful thugs. But my guess is that all fourteen or so of Bogard's adventures (written under Enefer's "Dale Bogard" pen name, of course) were cut from the same generic, hard-boiled cloth.
Enefer started out writing American-style hard-boiled crime fiction in the early fifties, and over a long career, he used a variety of pen names which were -- just to add to the confusion -- often interchangeable with his series characters. Plots, titles and characters were recycled endlessly.
He created numerous series characters, including "American-style" private eyes like Dale Shand and Mike Power, and Liverpool copper Sam Bawtry, and a slew of standalone thrillers, but he became best known for his film and television tie-ins and novelisations (The Phil Silvers Show, The Avengers, Cannon, etc.) and TV scripts (most notably The Saint and Coronation Street). In fact, his tie-ins for Cannon are probably better regarded than his own fiction.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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