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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.
Rex McBride Mystery
And Sudden Death (1940)
Sabotage (1940)
     aka Death Before Breakfast
Decoy (1941)
     aka Decoy Doll
Up Jumped the Devil (1943)
     aka Murder All Over
The Crooking Finger (1944)
Death At The Dam (1946)
Shady Lady (1955)

John J. Shannon Mystery
1. The Private Eye (1942)
2. No Wings On a Cop (1950)
The Black Door (1941)
What Price Murder (1942)
Contraband (1950)
     aka Borderline Cases

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