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Key, Tony. Tony Key was created by Steve Fisher (Red Brennan, Sheridan Doome, Danny Garrett, Homicide Johnny, Mister Death (II), Mark Turner) and appeared in twelve stories in Detective Fiction Weekly and Black Mask from 1937 to 1941, beginning with “Murder Game–With Mirrors” (Detective Fiction Weekly, May 15, 1937).
Tony Key is a Bellem. He is active in Hollywood, where he poses as an agent to the stars. But what he really is is a special detective for the studios, solving crimes involving actors, producers, and occasionally those most despised of creatures, script-writers. Key always wears flannels, white shoes, a white sweater, and a black coat. He has “patent leather hair.” His secretary and lover is the smart, pretty platinum blonde Betty Gale, and his Lestrade is the bantam-weight Mickey Ryan of the Homicide Squad.
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