Donn O'Mara

Created by Joe Barry (pseud. of Joe Barry Lake; 1909-61)

New York private eye DONN O'MARA appeared in just two novels, but they're good, solid hard-boiledP.I. fare.

Of particular interest to pulp art collectors is the front cover of the first one, the extremely rarte (and therefore pricey)Homicide Hotel, a paperback original published in 1951 by Phantom (AU) and sporting a nice juicy illo of a trussed-up brunette about to be chloroformed by two menacing thugs, and featuring a mathematically enticing tag: "A Jealous Woman Plus a Faithless Lover Equals Murder!"

Not bad, huh?

Interestingly enough, the author was born in Iowa, but he was evidently quite popular worldwide popularity, with his books published in several countries,appearing in countries, including Argentina, Australia, France, Spain and Canada (where several of his books were published by Harlequin.)

He was probably best known for the five rough tough novels he wrote about hard-boiled Chicago P. I. Rush Henry as "Joe Barry," but he also at least one book featuring Chase Colburn, apparently a New York P.I.; and another featuring a gumshoe named Bill August. Sometime in the fifties Lake apparently abandoned mystery writing, and started writng for television, working on Danger for CBS and a couple of soap operas, The Road of Life and The Inner Flame, of all things.


Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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