Ryan was an individual in a detective novel Data was reading in early 2364 to become more prepared for a Dixon Hill adventure. In this novel, he was an assistant to Detective Jim Tierney. (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")
This character was only mentioned in writing.
The pages seen in the episode were actually from the detective novel, The Listening Man, by author John A. Moroso. This novel was published in 1924. Information on Ryan was from pages 139 and 145.