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The Case of the Dark Hero (Dark #5)

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Title:The Case of the Dark Hero (Dark #5)
Cheyney, Peter   
(1 of 10 for author by title)
Dames Don't Care (Lemmy Caution #3)
Published:   1946
Publisher:Avon Book Company
Tags:espionage, fiction, mystery, war, World War II, spy stories

Tough and hard as the Ozarks that bred him, Rene Berg fought his way up through the gang of Chicago during the days of prohibition. Then, at the peak of his power and success, he was framed by a beautiful woman and forced to flee for his life.

How this dashing, steel-nerved gunman turns up years later as the “dark hero” of the Norwegian underground makes a story that will hold you spellbound. Thrill piles upon thrill as Berg pits his skill and courage, learned in the grim school of Chicago gangdom, against the vicious if efficiency of the German Gestapo. And then, once again, he runs afoul of the lovely woman who had betrayed him.

Here is Cheyney at his exciting best, as he brings this swift-paced and action-packed novel up to a climax that will leave you breathless. All the usual Cheyney ingredients are blended into this one delightful story—the crisp and colorful dialogue, the luscious ladies, the aura of intrigue and mystery.—Book cover. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Cheyney, Peter

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Peter Cheyney, né Reginald Evelyn Peter Southouse Cheyney, (February 22, 1896—June 26, 1951) was born in London's Whitechapel and remains as Britain's leading writer of hard-boiled fiction. During his lifetime, he was a prodigious writer of short stories and crime detective novels. He averaged two books a year and numerous short stories, many of which were published in pamphlet form before being assembled and published into over 30 collections.

His two most memorable recurring characters are a ruthless machine-gun toting FBI agent named Lemmy Caution, and a British private eye, Slim Callaghan.

Cheyney based his hard-boiled detective stories on his experience as a police reporter and crime investigator in the 1920's. Despite the generally bad reviews throughout his career, his books were popular during WWII and his two leading characters became quite the sensation in France and generated numerous films both in French and English. He is also given credit for contributing to Jean-Luc Godard's dystopian art movie "Alphaville" with Lemmy Caution as the lead character.

Cheyney was a flamboyant character himself and always tried to distance himself from his humble beginnings. Sporting a gold monocle, a red carnation, an ornate cloak and a double-barrelled name when such things were in fashion; he was good at golf, fencing, judo and boxing, and ran about in a snazzy sports car.


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