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Kenyon, Bill. Bill Kenyon was created by Frank Johnson (Silent Orth, Rufe Reed) and appeared in eight stories in Popular Detective from 1943 to 1945 beginning with “The Short Straw” (Popular Detective, Dec. 1943).

Bill Kenyon is a spy who is sent to Europe by President Roosevelt “as investigator extraordinary, as a sort of detective minister without portfolio.” Kenyon’s brief is to work with the “Underground Movement of each and every invaded country. You would compile names and facts and figures and statistics against the day when the Allies must set up provisional governments in liberated nations. You would help them to walk along until they can resume their own self-sufficient functioning.” He has no official standing, so he is on his own in each country. But he’s good at disguise and at hand-to-hand combat, so when he discovers a traitor or spy, he knows what to do with them.

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