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Preened for Paradise (Larry Kent no.627)

Preened for Paradise (Larry Kent no.627). Melbourne: Cleveland, 1966.

Cleveland published some four hundred 'Larry Kent' titles, numbered 1-108 and 501-823, between 1954 and 1983.

The series began life as a spin-off from a radio series in which Larry is an American expatriate living in Australia, but most of his printed adventures occur in an un-named American city.

Some seventy titles are credited to Don Haring, an American who lived for some time in Australia; the remainder are uncredited. Many are believed to have been written by Des R. Dunn, a Queensland author who also wrote crime fiction for Cleveland under his own name. The series enjoyed great popularity in Scandinavia, where new editions were still being published in the 1990s.

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