The first in the fun Johnny Liddell series. He’s with an agency in this one but goes his own way in 1951’s “Bullet Proof.” Johnny is the typical tough, New York City P.I. The fun of the series is that Johnny is a solid guy who does what he has to to get things done and doesn’t take any guff from anyone, the coppers or the hoods. The series continued until “Margin For Terror” in 1967. The usual description of this series is,”lean.” That doesn’t mean bad.
For the curious, the other Ace novel in this double is:
This one is about P.I. Bob Ruff. He meets up with Police Lt. O’Malley at the scene of a murder. Ruff gives him his card. Let the sneering begin.