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Carroll John Daly created the first hard-boiled detective in his 1922 story "The False Burton Combs". Daly's most famous detective, Race Williams, was the prototypical hardboiled detective made of equal doses of street toughness and quick thinking action. Race always managed to escape impossible situations, usually by shooting his way out. Daly's other main characters, Vee Brown and Satan Hall, were made from the same hardboild mold.

Daly was a regular contributor for the pulps, specifically the two leading detective magazines: Black Mask in the 1920s and Dime Detective in the 1930s. He was always a readers favorite for his action packed stories and his quick wit and humor.

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Satan's Vengeance

The influence of an Underworld lord known as The Other Man has crept into the Police Commissioner's office. This criminal mastermind is forcing the market owners of New York to pay protection to him, and is getting control of all rackets. In desperation, the Police Commissioner appeals to Satan Hall, the cop who believes in killing criminals as they kill others, the one man on the police force that all the Underworld fears.

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The Complete Cases of Vee Brown, Volume 1

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The Complete Cases of Vee Brown, Volume 2

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Before Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep, Before Dashiell Hammett's The Red Harvest, there was Carroll John Daly's The Snarl of the Beast, the first true hard-boiled detective novel featuring Race Williams.

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Sep 14, 1889 -- Jan 16, 1958

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Want ItGot ItRead ItYearTitle

The Complete Cases of Vee Brown, Volume 1Hardboiled Detective
The Complete Cases of Vee Brown, Volume 2Hardboiled Detective
The Snarl of the BeastHardboiled Detective, Race Williams
1933The Complete Cases of the ReckonerHardboiled Detective
1936Satan's VengeanceHardboiled Detective, Pulp Fiction




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