Shakedown Sham

Shakedown Sham

by Robert Leslie Bellem

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Dan Turner—Hollywood Detective , May, 1943
Shakedown Sham
by Robert Leslie Bellem

“I think my wife is being blackmailed,” the guy opened up. And Dan agreed to protect the dame while she kept her secret tryst. It wasn't until after she'd kept her clandestine appointment that he had a real idea of how big a job he'd taken upon himself

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012569158
Publisher: Peril Press
Publication date: 05/01/2011
Series: Dan Turner Hollywood Detective , #4305
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 312 KB

About the Author

Robert Leslie Bellem was a prolific American pulp magazine writer, best known for his creation of Dan Turner, Hollywood Detective. He was born in either 1894 or 1902, and died in 1968. Before becoming a writer he worked in Los Angeles as a newspaper reporter, radio announcer and film extra. After the demise of the pulps, Bellem switched to writing for television, including a number of scripts for The Lone Ranger, The Adventures of Superman (1950s version), The original Perry Mason show, 77 Sunset Strip and other shows.

Bellem wrote in a variety of genres for many pulp magazines, particularly those owned by Culture Publications such as Spicy Detective, Spicy Adventure, Spicy Western and Spicy Mystery (one of the weird menace pulps). The word "spicy" in the titles of these magazines was meant to indicate sexual content, although this was very tame compared with current standards.

Bellem's most famous creation was the hardboiled detective Dan Turner, whose stories were written in the first person in a racy, slangy style that made them extremely popular. Set against the background of the Hollywood film industry (of which Bellem had personal knowledge), the Dan Turner stories appeared first in the pages of Spicy Detective (subsequently retitled Speed Detective) and later in his "own" magazine, Hollywood Detective, which ran from January 1942 to October 1950.

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