Created by John Crowe (pseud. of Dennis Lynds)
LEE BECKETT is the private eye hero of book number four, 1975's Crooked Shadows, in John Crowe's Buena Costa County series, a string of books set in a fictional jurisdiction along the southern California Coast, just north of Los Angeles. Although there are recurring characters, including Lee himself, each book focusses on a different detective or investigator, sometimes a cop, sometimes an amateur sleuth, once even a member of the Border Patrol.
In his Encyclopedia Mysteriosa, William D'Andrea cited this series' Ross Macdonaldish qualities.
John Crowe, by the way, is a pseudonym of mystery writer Dennis Lynds, better known as Michael Collins, creator of one-armed P.I. Dan Fortune.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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