Yet another of pulpster Torey's seemingly endless supply of hard-boiled private eyes, JOHN RYAN, occasionally accompanied by his bull terrier companion/bodyguard Toby appeared in at least six stories in 1943-44.
In one of his first appearances, "Leave For Murder" (June 1943, Speed Detective), Ryan isn't even a private eye, but a member of the Military Police who claims he was previously a private detective. In subsequent stories, though, he is definitely a private eye.
Interestingly enough, Torrey also used John Ryan as a pen name, often in the same magazines the Ryan stories appeared. In fact, in the September 1944 issue of Hollywood Detective, the John Ryan story, "Roll, Corpse, Roll," is listed as by Roger Torrey on the contents page, but John Ryan is the author on the story's title page. Which leads me to suspect that perhaps some of the stories published under the John Ryan pen name may in fact also feature the John Ryan character.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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