1917 - 1989

Writing as: Hillary Brand, Ace Capelli, Mark Clinton, Stephen Frances, Johnny Grecco, Hank Janson, Arthur Kirby, Duke Linton, Steve Markham, Desmond Reid, David Roland, Peter Saxon, Link Shelton, Dave Steel, Danny Stephens, Richard Williams

An extremely prolific writer throughout his adult life, Stephen Frances started back in the late days of the pulp era. While this British author wrote in a variety of genres, his best known creation was the Hank Janson books which were written with an American style and decidedly American gangster-ish series of titles. In the mid-50s when the governments of England and Ireland began a backlash against the increase of hard action and sensationalistic pulp novels, it was the Janson books that were waved by politicians the most. Interestingly, by that time Frances had moved away from the name and given (?sold?) it to others.

Series Books
Hillary Brand
Non-Spy Series News Girl (1963)
  Brand T (1964)
Ace Capelli
Non-Spy Series Chicago Payoff (1949)
  Death At Every Door (1949)
  Give Me Headquarters (1949)
  This Man Is Death (1949)
  Never Turn Your Back (1950)
Mark Clinton
Non-Spy Series Oh! Hugh Pecker [Hugh Pecker] (1973)
  Come Again Pecker [Hugh Pecker] (1973)
Stephen Frances
John Gail This Woman Is Death (1965)
  To Love And Yet To Die (1966)
  The Ambassador's Plot (1966)
  The Caress Of Conquest (1968)
  Hate Is For The Hunted (1968)
  The Sweet Shame Of Fury (1968)
  Cry For My Lovely (1971)
Non-Spy Series No Flowers For The Dead aka The Unlucky Break (1951)
  Day of Terror (1962)
  Bad Boy (1964)
  The Day the Island Almost Sank (novelization) (1964)
Johnny Grecco
Non-Spy Series Call Her Savage aka Lady Take The Chair (1953)
Hank Janson
Non-Spy Series When Dames Get Tough (1946)
  Scarred Faces (1946)
  Lady, Mind That Corpse (1948)
  Gun Moll for Hire (1948)
  Smart Girls Don’t Talk (1949)
  Slay-Ride for Cutie (1949)
  Gunsmoke in Her Eyes (1949)
  Lilies for My Lovely (1949)
  Honey, Take My Gun (1949)
  Blonde on the Spot (1949)
  Sweetheart, Here’s Your Grave! (1949)
  Angel, Shoot to Kill (1949)
  The Jane with Green Eyes (1950)
  The Lady Has a Scar (1950)
  The Bride Wore Weeds (1950)
  Don’t Dare Me, Sugar (1950)
  It’s Always Eve That Weeps (1951)
  Hotsy, You’ll Be Chilled (1951)
  Milady Took the Rap (1951)
  Death Wore a Petticoat (1951)
  Don’t Mourn Me, Toots (1951)
  Baby, Don’t Dare Squeal (1951)
  Broads Don’t Scare Easy (1951)
  Tension (1952)
  Conflict (1952)
  Accused (1952)
  Kill Her If You Can (1952)
  Killer (1952)
  The Filly Wore a Rod (1952)
  Whiplash (1952)
  Suspense (1952)
  Auctioned (1952)
  Nyloned Avenger (1953)
  Persian Pride (1953)
  Torment (1953)
  Amok (1953)
  Silken Menace (1953)
  Desert Fury (1953)
  Corruption (1953)
  One Man in His Time (1953)
  Deadly Mission (1953)
  Menace (1955)
  Untamed (1955)
  Framed (1955)
  48 Hours (1955)
  Contraband (1955)
  Bring Me Sorrow (1956)
  Escape (1956)
  The Big Lie (1956)
  Devil’s Highway (1956)
  Cactus (1956)
  Strange Destiny (1956)
  Don’t Cry Now (1957)
  Enemy of Men (1957)
  Bewitched (1957)
  Revolt (1957)
  Hellcat (1957)
  Too Soon to Die (1958)
  Mistress of Fear (1958)
  Sugar and Vice (1958)
  Kill This Man (1958)
  Jack Spot (1958)
  Avenging Nymph (1958)
  Flight from Fear (1958)
  Hate (1958)
  Bad Girl (1959)
  Torrid Temptress (1959)
  Wild Girl (1959)
  Invasion (1959)
  Come Quickly, Honey (1960)
  This Hood for Hire (1960)
  Beloved Traitor (1960)
  Prey for a Newshawk (1961)
  Delicious Danger (1961)
  Suddenly It’s Sin (1961)
  Downtown Doll (1961)
  Rave for a Roughneck (1962)
  Play It Quiet (1962)
  Nymph in the Night (1962)
  Hilary’s Terms (1963)
  Brand Image (1963)
  Second String (1963)
  Cold Dead Coed (1964)
  Fanny (1964)
  Expectant Nymph (1964)
  Exotic Seductress (1964)
  Hell’s Angel (1964)
  Becky (1965)
Arthur Kirby
Non-Spy Series High Summer Homicide [Sexton Blake] (1962)
Duke Linton
Non-Spy Series Bury Me Deep (1950)
  Crazy to Kill aka Trouble With A Woman (1950)
  Dames Die Too (1950)
  Enough Rope aka Snatched (1950)
  Five Days to Die (1950)
  Kill and Desire aka Hounded (1950)
  Lips of Death (1950)
  Shrouds Are Cheap (1950)
  Too Late for Death (1950)
Steve Markham
Non-Spy Series It's Not Easy To Die aka Protection Payoff (1949)
Desmond Reid
Non-Spy Series The Babcock Boys [Pinkerton Detective Agency] (1966)
  The Deadlier of the Species [Sexton Blake] (1966)
  Death Waits in Tucson [Pinkerton Detective Agency] (1966)
David Roland
Non-Spy Series Red Star Over London (1971)
Peter Saxon
Non-Spy Series The Disoriented Man aka Scream and Scream Again (1966)
Link Shelton
Non-Spy Series Dead Men Don't Love (1949)
Dave Steel
Non-Spy Series Lady Take the Chair (1949)
  Beauty Found in a Grave (1952)
  Lovely But Deadly (1952)
  Too Tough for Death (1953)
  You’ll Live to Talk (1953)
Danny Stephens
Non-Spy Series Not Everybody Died (1964)
Richard Williams
Non-Spy Series Vendetta! [Sexton Blake] (1961)
  Somebody Wants Me Dead [Sexton Blake] (1962)
  Torment Was A Redhead [Sexton Blake] (1962)
  The Slaying of Julian Summers [Sexton Blake] (1963)
  The Man With The Iron Chest [Sexton Blake] (1965)
  The Sniper [Sexton Blake] (1965)