Created by Bill S. Ballinger
From the blurb: "A real sock-it-to-'em mystery about Private Eye BRYCE PATCH and his two cases--one to find the killer of an old friend and the other commisdsioned in the queen-sized bed of an ex-show girl looking for her ex-husband."
Ballinger wrote several other novels, including a couple with a Chicago PI named Barr Breed, and a series about Joaquin Hawks, an American Indian CIA agent operating in Southeast Asia. Born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, Ballinger was an associate professor of writing at the California State University, Nortridge for a few years and worked in advertising and broadcasting in Chicago and New York, before moving to California to try his hand at screenwriting. He was eventually credited with scripts for eight feature films and over 150 teleplays, from Mike Hammer in the '50s to Cannon in the '70s. In 1960, he won an Edgar from the Mystery Writers of America for his adaptation of the Stanley Ellin short story "The Dayof the Bullet," which was shown on Alfred Hitchcock Presents..
Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.