Lorenz F. Heller was born in West Hoboken, New Jersey on October 5, 1910, studied journalism at Rutgers and worked on various New Jersey newspapers. He then ran away to sea and became an able seaman on a freighter before jumping ship and returning to start writing fiction. Heller published his first novel, Murder in Make-Up, in 1937 and continued to write under a variety of names, including Frederick Lorenz, Laura Hale, Larry Heller, Lorenz Heller and Larry Holden, working with publishers like Pyramid, Popular Library, Beacon and Eton Books. He also wrote TV scripts under the name Burt Sims. As Frederick Lorenz he turned out seven sharp crime novels for Lion Books in the 1950s. As Larry Holden he published three crime novels and nearly 100 stories, several of them featuring private eye Dinny Keogh. Heller eventually settled in the Venice, Florida area where he supported himself entirely on his writing. He died on December 12, 1965.

  • Dead Wrong
  • 978-1-951473-03-7
  • Everyone thinks that Malone had something to do with Harry's death and his missing "gift" so it's up to him to find this gift before the real killer finds him. April 2020. June 2020. Black Gat #26.

  • A Rage at Sea / A Party Every Night
  • 978-1-944520-99-1
  • Sabotage at sea leads to dangerous adventure, and a bartender with a past becomes an unwitting murder suspect—two classic 1950s crime stories originally published by Lion Books. New introduction by Nicholas Litchfield. May 2020.