RARA-AVIS: Cannon novels

From: Juri Nummelin ( juri.nummelin@pp.inet.fi)
Date: 19 Jan 2005

Jim D. and others:

"There were a half-dozen or so novels based on the CANNON TV series, written (or credited to) three different writers, Richard Gallagher, Paul Denver, and Douglas Enfer. I've never heard of any of these writers, and for all I know, they may have been "house names" that the publisher slapped onto the books regardless of who they actually hired to write them."

None actually. Richard Gallagher is a pseudonym of Leonard Levinson (1935-) of whom there was a profile in Paperback Parade a while back (I haven't seen it, but that's what I heard). Davis has written under a bunch of names: Gordon Davis, Leonard Jordan, Philip Kirk, Robert Novak, Philip Rawls, Bruno Rossi, Jonathan Trask, Jack Bodine and Josh Edwards. Some of them are Westerns. I don't know what he's doing now.

I think Gallagher started out writing for men's magazines in the early sixties. There's an entry for him in Lee Server's
"Encyclopedia of Pulp Fiction Writers". Server points out his
"The Last Buffoon" (as by Leonard Jordan, 1980), which is a non-genre paperback about a bottom-dwelling novelist.

Douglas Enefer (not Enfer) and Paul Denver are one and the same guy. He was British, actually, and wrote Michael Power PI novels in the early sixties for a British paperback publisher, Consul. I think Jacques Barzun mentions his police procedural novel in "A Catalogue of Crime" (I forget the novel's title). He lived 1906-1987.


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