Johnny Maguire

Created by Richard Himmel (1920-2000) Although he's almost forgotten today, author Richard Himmel was tagged as one of the greatest hard-boiled crime writers of the Fawcett Gold Medal era, starting things off with his first book, I'll Find You in 1950, only the second book GM ever published. But the book, which introduced his series … Continue reading Johnny Maguire

Johnny Church

Created by Vechel Howard Pseudonym of Howard Rigsby (1909-75) A medium-boiled P I who works for the Gerard Agency, which has offices in New York, Kansas City and San Francisco, thirty-something¬†JOHNNY CHURCH¬†has short hair, carries a Magnum and speaks fluent Spanish. And he's a widower--his wife Laura was murdered when she was run down by … Continue reading Johnny Church

William “Bill” Maddern

Created by Gil Brewer Pseudonyms include Bailey Morgan, Eric Fitzgerald, Frank Sebastian, Jack Holland, Roy Carroll, Elaine Evans and Barry Miles, as well as the house name of Ellery Queen (1922-83) Pulpmeister Gil Brewer, he of the steamy, twitchy, Gold Medals full of damaged men and femme fatales back in the fifties, rarely made his … Continue reading William “Bill” Maddern