Frank Kane was born in Brooklyn on July 19, 1912. Graduating from New York City College at 19, he began to attend law school when the first of three daughters were born to him and his wife, Ann. Needing the extra income, he began to work as a newspaper columnist, working his way up to editor before becoming a public relations director for the liquor industry. After WWII, Kane left public relations to become a freelance writer and a radio and TV producer. He wrote for The Shadow for six years, but it was the creation of detective Johnny Liddell in About Face which made his fortune. Selling millions of copies throughout the world, Kane eventually wrote nearly 40 novels, most of them Liddell mysteries, and ended up working in Hollywood where he created his own production company. He passed away unexpectedly at his home in Manhasset, New York, on November 29, 1968.

  • Living End
  • 978-1-944520-84-7
  • "A story about the music business and how payola was a factor in the 1950's…blending history and taking an issue like this shows that Kane was more than a mystery writer." —Rick Holman, Pulp Fiction Review. October 2019. Black Gat #22.

  • Liz / Syndicate Girl
  • 978-1-933586-59-5
  • Frank Kane is most famous as the creator of detective Johnny Liddell, whose escapades thrilled paperback readers throughout the 1950s and 60s. These two novels offer a different side of Mr. Kane, the first novel being the story of a woman who always gets her way, the second a hard-hitting thriller about a corrupt city and the man who stakes his life to clean it up. Includes a new introduction by Robert Randisi.

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