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Cleve F Adams


(Franklin Charles and John Spain)

A pseudonym used by John Spain

The missing link between Dashiell Hammett and James Ellroy, Cleve F. Adams wrote rambunctious, violent, corrosively cynical private eye fiction from the mid-1930s until his untimely death from pneumonia in 1949 at the age of 54. He also wrote as Franklin Charles and John Spain.
 
Novels
The Black Door (1941)
What Price Murder (1942)
Contraband (1950)
     aka Borderline Cases
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