Marty Bond

Created by Ed Lacy
Pseudonym of of Leonard S. Zinberg

MARTY BOND was at one time a notorious “cop, judge, brute, and little god.” But all good things must come to an end, and when we meet in the standalone novel The Men From the Boys (1956), he’s finally “retired” from the NYPD, and is scraping the bottom as a house dick, working under the table, at The Grover, a ratty New York hotel. That, his police pension and a few “side rackets” are all that’s keeping him going. It’s not exactly paradise, and he’s drinking way too much, but just to top things off, his doctor thinks he might have cancer.

And then his stepson, an auxilliary cop, is almost beaten to death after stumbling across a reported robbery that just doesn’t feel right to him. Marty feels compelled to investigate, figuring he might as well go out with a bang.

A nasty little slice of 1950s hard-boiled pulp that out-Spillanes Spillane.

Author Lacy (actually Leonard S. Zinberg) was one of the best writers of the fifties pulp paperback boom, best known for creating the ground-breaking African-American private eye Toussaint Moore, but also responsible for several other fine featuring hard-boiled detectives such as Hal Darling, Barney Harris, John O’Hara, Matt Ranzino, Lee Hayes and Billy Wallace.



Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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