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Brent, Bill. Bill Brent was created by Frederick C. Davis (Donald O’Keefe Adams, Duke Buckland, Carter Cole, Dennis Dayle, Murray Gifford, Cyrus Hatch, Mark Hazzard, Jingling Kid, Guy Kerry, Paul Kirk, Show-Me McGee, Moon Man, Operator #5, Radigan, Ravenwood, Secrets, Inc., Peter Trapp II, Peter Van Dyk) and appeared in sixteen stories in Dime Detective from 1941 to 1946, beginning with “Please Pass the Poison” (Dime Detective, Feb. 1941).

Bill Brent is a large, cynical, alcoholic, cigar-smoking reporter for the New York Recorder. Unfortunately, a personality conflict with his editor leads him to be assigned to the advice column for the Reporter, where he must dispense wisdom as the sweet-tempered “Lora Lorne.” But Brent still wants to investigate breaking stories and report on them, and his efforts lead him to become involved in crimes, often murder.

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