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The Fatal Foursome [AKA Death About Face] [AKA About Face] (Johnny Liddell #1)

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Title:The Fatal Foursome [AKA Death About Face] [AKA About Face] (Johnny Liddell #1)
Kane, Frank   
(8 of 19 for author by title)
Finish the Job (Johnny Liddell #9)
Due or Die (Johnny Liddell #14)
Published:   1947
Publisher:Dell Publishing Co., Inc.
Tags:detective, fiction, mystery, Johnny Liddell (Fictional character)

This book is the first novel about Johnny Liddell, Private Investigator. It was originally published by the title About Face and some editions give it the title Death About Face.

The pretty-boy movie star. The fat producer. The buxom blackmailer. The grubby undertaker. These four people never would have associated with one another under ordinary circumstances. But they were drawn together in a shady swindle that promised to net a handsome profit. It was a neat little deal and everything worked out exactly as planned—until private eye Johnny Liddell showed up on the scene. That was the day the movie star was murdered. He made a pretty corpse. The first of four.—back cover. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Kane, Frank

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Frank Kane was born on July 19, 1912 in Brooklyn, New York. He quit law school to get a job because he was starting a family. He worked variously as an editor, in public relations for the liquor industry, and as a columnist publicizing movie stars visiting the city. He moved on to writing scripts for several radio crime shows, including The Shadow for six years. In 1947, he wrote his first crime novel featuring his signature private eye Johnny Liddell. Some 40 Johnny Liddell novels and many Liddell short stories for the pulps followed. Johnny Liddell has been described as an enjoyably generic 1950s hardboiled detective who did not age with time but rather changed with the tastes of his readers. Kane also wrote for television and worked on the series Special Agent 7, The Investigators, and Mike Hammer. He died unexpectedly on November 29, 1968 at the age of 56 in Manhasset, New York.

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