Johnny Stevens

Created by Ben Kerr (pseudonym of William Ard; 1922-1960)

Another private eye from William Ard, well worth investigating.

Perpetually broke JOHNNY STEVENS is a New York op for the Flannagan Detective Agency, run by gruff "mick" Flannagan his own self.

A long-time favourite of mine, Brooklyn-born Ard was one of the unjustly forgotten hard-boiled writers of the fifties. An ex-Marine, a publicist and copywriter, he also worked for a brief time, just after WWII , as a detective. His career burned bright but fast, lasting little more than a decade , but in that time he mananaged to create several intriguing New York private eyes Timothy Dane, Lou Largo, Barney Glines and Mike (later Danny) Fountain, as well as a string of well-regarded westerns (as Jonas Ward). Other pseudonyms included Thomas Wills and Mike Moran. The stuff I've read of his has all been solid -- check 'em out.


  • Shakedown (1952)
  • Down I Go (1955)
  • Damned If He Does (1956)
  • I Fear You Not (1956)
  • Club 17 (1957)
  • The Blonde and Johnny Malloy (1958)

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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