According to Hubin's CRIME FICTION IV, Robert Finnegan was a pseudonym
of Paul William Ryan (1906-1947). All three of his novels were
published by Simon & Schuster and featured Dan Banion. The novels
were THE BANDAGED NUDE (1946), THE LYING LADIES (1946) and MANY A
MONSTER (1948). There were British editions of all with Boardman
doing the first and the third novels and Bodley the second novel.
I will see what else I can dig up but he sounds very interesting. I
am fond of novels with journalists as detectives.
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> This mention of reporters give me an opening to ask a question about
an obscure book I read recently. "The Bandaged Nude," by Robert Finnegan. Published in 1946 as an Inner Sanctum Mystery by Simon & Schuster. The main character, Dan Banion, is a journalist in San Francisco just after the war. In one sense, it's not really noir, since it ends with a marriage, and you can't get more redemptive than that. But some of the early chapters really have a sense of the postwar darkness, returned vets wearing the ruptured duck and not being able to make sense of the world anymore, character quoting poetry about the inhumanity of God.
> Online, I found that Finnegan wrote a couple of other books. But my
copy of "The Bandaged Nude" gives his dates as 1906 - 1947, which means he died very soon after publishing this. Does anyone know anything about him?
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> I brought up reporters, but blanked on them. Thought of a few: Dave
> Simon, Laura Lippman, Gregory McDonald, JJ Maloney (became a reporter
> after he got out of jail; actually, think he started in jail), and, of
> course, Michael Connelly.
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