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
Other News Girl (1963)
  Brand T (1964)
Ace Capelli
Other Chicago Payoff (1949)
  Death At Every Door (1949)
  Give Me Headquarters (1949)
  This Man Is Death (1949)
  Never Turn Your Back (1950)
Mark Clinton
Hugh Pecker Oh! Hugh Pecker (1973)
  Come Again, 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)
Other 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
Other Call Her Savage aka Lady Take The Chair (1953)
Hank Janson
Other Scarred Faces (1946)
  When Dames Get Tough (1946)
  Lady, Mind That Corpse (1948)
  Gun Moll for Hire (1948)
  Lilies for My Lovely (1949)
  Slay-Ride for Cutie (1949)
  Smart Girls Don’t Talk (1949)
  Gunsmoke in Her Eyes (1949)
  Honey, Take My Gun (1949)
  Sweetheart, Here’s Your Grave! (1949)
  Blonde on the Spot (1949)
  Angel, Shoot to Kill (1949)
  The Jane with Green Eyes (1950)
  The Bride Wore Weeds (1950)
  The Lady Has a Scar (1950)
  Don’t Dare Me, Sugar (1950)
  Milady Took the Rap (1951)
  It’s Always Eve That Weeps (1951)
  Broads Don’t Scare Easy (1951)
  Death Wore a Petticoat (1951)
  Don’t Mourn Me, Toots (1951)
  Hotsy, You’ll Be Chilled (1951)
  Baby, Don’t Dare Squeal (1951)
  Auctioned (1952)
  Kill Her If You Can (1952)
  Accused (1952)
  The Filly Wore a Rod (1952)
  Whiplash (1952)
  Conflict (1952)
  Suspense (1952)
  Tension (1952)
  Killer (1952)
  Deadly Mission (1953)
  Persian Pride (1953)
  Nyloned Avenger (1953)
  Silken Menace (1953)
  One Man in His Time (1953)
  Amok (1953)
  Torment (1953)
  Corruption (1953)
  Desert Fury (1953)
  Contraband (1955)
  Menace (1955)
  Untamed (1955)
  48 Hours (1955)
  Framed (1955)
  Devil’s Highway (1956)
  Strange Destiny (1956)
  Escape (1956)
  Cactus (1956)
  Bring Me Sorrow (1956)
  The Big Lie (1956)
  Hellcat (1957)
  Enemy of Men (1957)
  Bewitched (1957)
  Don’t Cry Now (1957)
  Revolt (1957)
  Too Soon to Die (1958)
  Mistress of Fear (1958)
  Sugar and Vice (1958)
  Hate (1958)
  Jack Spot (1958)
  Kill This Man (1958)
  Avenging Nymph (1958)
  Flight from Fear (1958)
  Wild Girl (1959)
  Bad Girl (1959)
  Torrid Temptress (1959)
  Invasion (1959)
  Beloved Traitor (1960)
  This Hood for Hire (1960)
  Come Quickly, Honey (1960)
  Prey for a Newshawk (1961)
  Delicious Danger (1961)
  Suddenly It’s Sin (1961)
  Downtown Doll (1961)
  Play It Quiet (1962)
  Nymph in the Night (1962)
  Rave for a Roughneck (1962)
  Brand Image (1963)
  Second String (1963)
  Hilary’s Terms (1963)
  Exotic Seductress (1964)
  Expectant Nymph (1964)
  Cold Dead Coed (1964)
  Fanny (1964)
  Hell’s Angel (1964)
  Becky (1965)
Arthur Kirby
Other High Summer Homicide [Sexton Blake] (1962)
Duke Linton
Other 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
Other It's Not Easy To Die aka Protection Payoff (1949)
Desmond Reid
Other 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
Other Red Star Over London (1971)
Peter Saxon
Other The Disoriented Man aka Scream and Scream Again (1966)
Link Shelton
Other Dead Men Don't Love (1949)
Dave Steel
Other 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
Other Not Everybody Died (1964)
Richard Williams
Other 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)