Mark Carrel is just one of the
many pen names used by American author Lauran Bosworth Paine, born 1916.
Other names, include; John Armour, Reg Batchelor, Kenneth Bedford, Frank Bosworth, Robert
Clarke, Richard Dana, J. F. Drexler, Troy Howard, Jared Ingersol, John Kilgore, Hunter Liggett, J. K. Lucas, John Morgan.
The main series character for the mystery novels was Andrew McCall.
This checklist of books does not include the westerns written under this
Synopsis from Case of the Innocent
A car passed and a hired killer lay suddenly dead on the pavement . , .
It was over in a second, but from that moment Mrs. Donna Reed, an
innocent onlooker, menaced the survival of the gangsters she had
witnessed wipe out Rocco Pietro. The rich and beautiful widow found
herself caught up in a web of intrigue and vice, woven not only by cheap
hoodlums and dope-traffickers but by some of her closest friends and
neighbours in the plushy vicinity of Vicente Road. Someone who knew her
intimately was Mr. Big himself. At a word from him, Donna's son was
kidnapped from under the noses of the police. Mr. Big threatened and
killed with utter ruthlessness. Which one was he of the regular visitors
to Donna's house ?
Ken Tallant, whom the papers called the city's wonder cop, started off
with a disadvantage. Mrs. Reed didn't want to co-operate with him for
fear of endangering her son. Later she came to trust him, to help and
even to think of him with gratitude and love as he untiringly pieced
together the evidence which would send Mr. Big to the electric chair.
This unusual thriller has all the ingredients of a good detective story
and builds up to a climax which has rarely been equalled for tension and