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Johnny Liddell's Morgue (Prologue Books) [Kindle Edition]

Frank Kane
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Book Description

A gorgeous gal with an insatiable appetite for love . . .

A gossip columnist who scooped the world with his own obituary . . .

An innocent young girl forced into a degrading racket . . .

Plus other assorted chacters involved in mayhem and murder, in a collection of sizzling stories featuring Johnny Liddell, the wise-cracking, free-wheeling, quick-fisted private detective with the nasty habit the mobsters hate - he keeps on breathing!

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  • File Size: 392 KB
  • Print Length: 197 pages
  • Publisher: Prologue Books (February 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0075FEVF8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,736 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old School Tough Guy February 26, 2014
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It should come as no surprise that one or more of these eight stories became scripts for the 1959 Mike Hammer TV series. I remember seeing the first story "Lead Ache" on R-TV not too long ago.
Which is not to say these stories were 'made for TV.' The last story in particular, "Glory, Halleluia," is far racier than any TV show of its time. In it, Johnny goes to New Orleans where he finds that ancient voodoo and modern blackmail go hand in hand.

Johnny Liddell is pretty tough. So tough, in fact, that it's sometimes unclear what makes him a good guy, and not just tougher (and more ruthless) than the thugs he's up against:

Liddell reached around him, tugged an automatic from his shoulder bolster. In his jacket side pocket, he found a sap. He weighed it in the palm of his hand. "And where do I find Angelo?" The guard shrugged, didn't answer. Liddell grinned humorlessly. "I know a guy does tricks with a sap like this." He pounded it against the palm of his hand. "He can break every bone in a man's body without breaking the skin. I've always wanted to try it." "He's in his office," the guard growled. "Top of the stairs." Liddell nodded. "Thanks."

The prose has the objective, uncluttered manner which is a clear continuation of the 1930s hard-boiled Dime Detective line.

Here's some of the 50s flavor that revs a vintage/thrift shopper's motor:

"He crossed the sidewalk, shouldered his way through a chromed revolving door, entered a thickly carpeted lobby. A few upholstered chairs were occupied by baggy-eyed men wearing expensive looking suits, Countess Mara ties and the morning tabloids."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Johnny Lidell Stories June 18, 2013
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What's better than a Johnny Lidell story? Lots of Johnny Lidell stories. Rumour has it that Kane wrote 30 novels and as many as 400 Lidell short stories. These are some of the best. Lidell is a typical hardboiled PI in the traditional sense. Kane's tales are easy reading and lots of fun if you like this genre. This collection starts with a tale of what happens to reporters when they investigate folks who don't want to be investigated, "Lead Ache." Leave it up to Lidell and his gal pal Barbara to find out what's going on and what happened to the reporter and to the girls who are disappearing. The second selection, "Frame," is another great read. Lidell gets a call from an actress client who is being guarded by one of his associates. Things are not good when he gets out there and the local pice think Lidell's responsible. The third story is "Return Engagement.". A client shows up and tells Lidell that he has been on the run because he shot a man to death six months earlier but the man's photo shows up in that day's paper with a blurb about being killed the night before in a hit and run. Another solid hardboiled hit! The fourth selection is "The Dead Grin," a really short story about hunting accidents and insurance claims. Story number five is "A Package For Mr. Big.". On his way home from a bar on a foggy night, Lidell sees a blonde woman waiting for him. She gives him a package and disappears. But the trouble is only beginning and Lidell better watch out. He's tangling with the Big Boys now. In "A Game Of Murder," Lidell is at Grand Central Station to pick up Barbara when a redhead throws her arms around him and tells him to kiss her. A guy has been following her and she's trying to shake him. Morgue-Star is about prize fighters, reporters, and fight fixers. Gory Hallelujah is the final selection. A father thinks his daughter's suicide was unjustifiedand Lidell chases the killers to new Orleans
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good collection of hard boiled short stories June 29, 2012
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Frank Kane wrote a lot of books about a hard boiled, bourbon drinking private eye named Johnny Liddell, working in New York in the first half of the last century.

There is nothing particularly literary here, but Kane consistently produces page turning private eye stories. What's different about this book is that these are all short stories, some less than ten pages. The need for economy forces Kane to tighten up his plotting and descriptions, and it really helps. There isn't a bad story in the bunch, and most of them are quite good. I especially liked the first.
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