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Ring-a-Ding-Ding (Johnny Liddell #18)

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Title:Ring-a-Ding-Ding (Johnny Liddell #18)
Author:
Kane, Frank   
(18 of 20 for author by title)
Suicide
Pass the Word Along
Published:   1963
Publisher:Dell Publishing Co., Inc.
Tags:detective, fiction, mystery, Johnny Liddell (Fictional character)
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In the nineteenth novel of the Johnny Liddell private eye series, Frank Kane revisits some popular pulp themes such as the sultry nightclub singer, the blackmail scheme, the tough guys hanging around the clubs, and the various dead bodies that turn up with the private eye being the prime suspect. However, Kane manages to make this private eye tale feel fresh and new. The Liddell series is a terrific private eye series with a tough guy private eye and this book is no exception. It opens with Liddell paying a late night visit to a prospective client—only someone got there first and tipped off the homicide squad. And, the action never lets up from there: “She was redheaded. She was stacked. She was also very dead.” Kane uses some great phrasing in this one, such as telling us that the sultry nightclub singer “was stacked like an 85 cent sundae” and “she looked as if she had been sculptured from milk chocolate, wrapped in gold foil.” Granted, Kane’s Liddell novels did not manage to break n [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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