Danny Spade
Created by Danny Spade (AKA Dail Ambler, pseud. of Betty Mabel Lilian Williams)

Add Britain's Betty Mabel Lilian Williams to the small list of successful pre-1980 female hard-boiled writers. But whereas Leigh Brackett was often compared to Chandler, and Delores Hitchens worked the turf generally considered Ross Macdonald's, Williams's work (both as "Danny Spade" and "Dail Ambler") fairly reeked of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer.

DANNY SPADE was a hardboiled, bourbon-drinking New York City dick, perpetually down on his luck, who appeared in some forty-two novels (well, novellas, really), published in Britain, laced with enough sex and violence (and violent sex and sexy violence) to keep 'em coming back for more. That's the most appearances in book form of any private eye, by the way, next to Mike Shayne. Even more amazingly, they all appeared in a brief, four-year span. And just in case someone missed the point, several of them had the words "American Thriller" right there on the cover.

And once you've managed to track down and read all the Danny spades, you can start on K.T. McCall's Johnny Buchanan series, most of which were written by not one but two women hiding behind a house name.



Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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