Johnny Killain

Created by Dan J. Marlowe (1914-87) JOHNNY KILLAIN is a "tough, but not inhuman" hotel dick/bell captain/night porter/bouncer and part-time detective working out of the Hotel Duarte in New York City who appeared in a spate of hard-charging Avon paperback originals by Dan J. Marlowe in the late fifties/early sixties. According to Josef Hoffmann in … Continue reading Johnny Killain

Gil Vine

Created by Stewart Sterling Pseudonym of Prentice Winchell (1895-1976) GIL VINE's a real smoothie, a real charmer, a sophisticate with an eye for the finer things in life, but he's not afraid to put the boot in if he has to. He's the fast-moving hotel security chief at New York's swanky Plaza Royale on Fifth … Continue reading Gil Vine

Marty Bond

Created by Ed Lacy Pseudonym of of Leonard S. Zinberg (1911-68) 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 … Continue reading Marty Bond