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From 1933 to 1935, Frederick C. Davis chronicled the cases of the Hollywood P.I. firm Secrets, Inc. Led by Clay “Oke” Oakley and assisted by the lovely "Cherry" Morris and Archibald Brixey, Secrets, Inc., investigated some of the weirdest and most ingenious crimes in the long history of Dime Detective Magazine—all centering around the film industry. Collects the first four mysteries, with a new introduction by Will Murray.
Davis was among the most prolific pulp writers, starting his career in the 1920s while still in high school. After stints with both Street and Smith, and the Fiction House titles, he settled in during the early 1930s with Popular Publications, home to The Spider. He could pump out 6,000 words a day, 30 pages, day in and day out, on his many characters. At one time, one of his fellow writers pointed out that there were currently SEVEN pulp titles with his name on the cover, all on the newstands that day.
He started writing hardcover mystery novels in the 1940s, and carried on under the names "Stephen Ransome" and "Murdo Coombs" into the early 1970s. There's much more about this interesting writer in Murray's intro, including many quotes from the writer himself. "I have never written a story on a make-it-up-as-you-go-along basis. Every story I ever wrote was carefully plotted before the writing."
Davis lived in Hollywood for six months, trying to "make a connection with one of the movie studios." He claimed his plots for these stories were based on authentic backgrounds he picked up there.
- Additional Information
Item Code CCSI01 Publisher Altus Publish Date 2015 ISBN 9781618272058 Binding Soft Cover Dimensions 6x9 # Pages 228pg Color Text/Partial Color