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High Heels and Homicide actually written by John Purley, Hunt the Lady by A. Garstin, Murder by Moonlight by Wilfred McNeilly.

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House pseudonym of UK publisher Amalgamated (later known as Fleetway). Stories by `Desmond Reid` often seem to have been the work of unknown writers, but could be the work of more established names such as Rex Dolphin. Some westerns seem to have been credited to Reid, but the name is chiefly remembered in connection with the Sexton Blake detective fiction series.

According to Michael Moorcock, Sexton Blake Library editor W Howard Baker often made trifling changes to writers` work in order to justify paying them less and himself more, claiming to have `re-written` them. These would invariably be credited to `Desmond Reid` on publication. Other sources state that the `Reid` name was used when the editor felt a particular writer`s name was appearing too frequently, and sometimes because the fictitious Reid was developing a following of loyal fans. Certainly Arthur MacLean aka George Paul Mann wrote of `Desmond Reids` being scheduled a slot in advance of publication, even when the choice of story had not yet been decided on !
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High Heels and Homicide actually written by John Purley, Hunt the Lady by A. Garstin, Murder by Moonlight by Wilfred McNeilly.

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