Bio: Author Frank Kane originally created New York City private eye Johnny
Liddell in 1944 for a pulp story, and later went on to write 29 novels
and countless short stories about him. Johnny started out as an agency
man, but by Bullet Proof (1951), he's out on his own with his own
New York agency.
Frank Kane's brother, Vincent, was a plainclothes cop for the NYPD who
sometimes provided technical advice on investigative procedures. Kane
spent much time learning from his brother about crime-oriented "tough
guys" and gaining insight into their motivations.
In addition to the Johnny Liddell stories, he wrote one NYPD cop novel
based on his brother's work. He also wrote scripts for radio (The
Shadow, The Fat Man, Gangbusters) and television shows (S.A.7,
The Investigators, and most notably Mike Hammer). Rumours
have it that many of the Hammer scripts were just adaptations of his
Liddell stories with Hammer substituted for Liddell.
With millions of copies of his books sold, Frank Kane is recognized as
one of the world's top writers of mystery and suspense.