The girl in the black velvet gown looked to be very drunk - she also looked to be in plenty of trouble... Bowman liked neither her type of escort not the way she was being manhandled into the sedan parked outside Morry's Bar. He like even less the smack on the jaw he got when he intervened. This is the start of a new, high-pressure adventure with a tremendous climax.
Leo Ognall (1908-1979), who wrote several novels under the pseudonyms Harry Carmichael and Hartley Howard, was born in Montreal and worked as a journalist before starting his fiction career. He wrote over ninety novels before his death in 1979. Harry Carmichael's primary series, written from 1952-1978, The Piper and Quinn series included characters such as John Piper (an insurance assessor) and Quinn, a crime reporter. His other works include: The Glenn Bowman series, 1951-1979; The Philip Scott series, 1964-1967.