Mike Quin

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Mike Quin (1906–1947) was the pen name of an American writer, born Paul William Ryan. Ryan wrote under the name, Mike Quin, for his newspaper writing and his early novels. Later in his career he wrote pulp fiction under another pseudonym, Robert Finnegan. He died on August 14, 1947, and was buried in San Francisco, California.[1]

His The Big Strike was a journalistic work on the 1934 West Coast waterfront strike. He worked several different jobs. He was a sailor, a Hollywood bookstore worker, a writer for the International Longshoreman’s and Warehouseman’s Union and the WPA Writers’ Project, Director of Public Relations, CIO (Congress of Industrial Organizations), “CIO Reporter on the Air”, Daily People’s World columnist, National Maritime Union broadcast producer.[2][3] (The People's World was the Communist Party of America's west coast daily newspaper.)

He was active in the Communist Party. Many of his books were published by the party's publishing house, International Publishers. He was a founding member of The Yanks are Not Coming committee to keep the United States out of World War II[4] during the period of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact.

Selected bibliography[edit]

As Robert Finnegan[edit]

Crime Novels with Dan Banion[edit]

  • The Lying Ladies (1946)
  • The Bandaged Nude (1947)
  • Many a Monster (1948)

Short Stories[edit]

  • The Sacred Thing (1933), as Paul Ryan
  • Business Before Bullets (1947)