Pulp and paperback writer Edward S. Aarons (1916-1975) would have been 100 years old today. Aarons published over 80 novels in his career -- 42 of them about the Cajun CIA agent Sam Durell. The Sam Durell novels were a mainstay for the Gold Medal paperback line. Aarons published a number of mystery novels under the name "Edward Ronns," and one novel as "Paul Ayers" (Dead Heat, a 1950 book based on George Harmon Coxe's character "Flash" Casey, Crime Photographer).
Following Aarons' death an additional six Sam Durell novels were published as by "Will B. Aarons" -- muddying up the bibliographic waters. Will B. Aarons was said to be either Edward S. Aarons' brother or his son (sources differ), but the actual writer who Will Be Aarons was Lawrence Hall.