Henry Kane is best known for his private eye series (1947-1972) featuring Peter Chambers in 19 novels. But Henry Kane was a versatile writer. He wrote scripts for NBC’s Peter Gunn and 60 novels. Frenzy of Evil (1963) is one of Henry Kane’s stand-alone novels. The plot revolves around a group of friends who all harbor secrets. Successful lawyer Jonathan Joseph Carson hides the biggest secret: he abuses women. Carson’s new wife is in her 20s–40 years younger than he is. And, of course, secrets have a way of leaking out. Someone in Carson’s group decides that murder might be the best solution to Carson’s spousal abuse. If you’re looking for a psychological thriller with plenty of twists and turns, check out Frenzy of Evil–another classic STARK HOUSE BLACK GAT book! GRADE: B+

6 thoughts on “FRIDAY’S FORGOTTEN BOOKS #471: FRENZY OF EVIL By Henry Kane

  1. Jeff Meyerson

    Stark House is definitely publishing some good books that were long unavailable. Kane is not a favorite of mine, but it sounds more interesting than the series.

  2. Brian Ritt

    Coincidentally, I happened to be watching some DVD’s of an early television series, Martin Kane Private Eye, and noticed Kane wrote the scripts for a few of the episodes. One episode, A Crooner is Murdered, had some great slangy, hardboiled dialogue and a sleazy nightclub milieu.
    You can find that episode here:


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