Keyhole Kerry

Created by Frederick C. Davis (pseudonyms include Clark Aiken, Garry Grant & Stephen Ransome; 1902-77)

Wise-cracking hotshot reporter GUY "KEYHOLE" KERRY romped and stomped through the dives, back alleys and salons of the Big City, ferreting out the truth, in a brief series of short stories that appeared mostly in Dime Detective.

The thing with Kerry was that he didn't care who he pissed off. Criminals, big shots, politicians -- all he cared about was getting the scoop, and he'd do pretty much anything to make that happen.

The author was a tirelessly prolific pulp writer, who created a half-dozen or so recurring characters for Dime Detective alone, including Oke Oakley and Secrets. Inc. and sweet, grandmotherly lovelorn columnist Lora Lorne, who was actually two-fisted, cigar-chomping Bill Brent for Dime Detective.


  • "Tune in on Murder" (October 1936, Ace-High Detective Magazine)
  • "20,000,000 Witnesses" (December 1936, Ace-High Detective Magazine)
  • "Murder Made Easy" (May 1937, Dime Detective)
  • "Crimson Broadcast" (March 1938, Dime Detective)
  • "Maestro of Murder" (April 1938, Dime Detective)
  • "Double Deadline" (June 1938, Dime Detective)
  • "Burial Party" (September 1938, Dime Detective)
  • "The Ghoul Hangs High" (December 1938, Dime Detective)
  • "The Fugitive Skeleton" (January 1939, Dime Detective)
  • "Poison on Her Lips" (September 1939, Dime Detective)


  • The Complete Cases of Keyhole Kerry, Volume One (2014)...Buy this book
  • The Complete Cases of Keyhole Kerry, Volume Two (2014)...Buy this book

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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