Peter Bragg

Created by Jack Lynch (1930-2008)

What happened?

A tough San Francisco gumshoe, very much at times in the Hammett mold, PETER BRAGG appeared in a string of paperback originals, starting with Bragg's Hunch (1981).

The second book in the series, 1982's The Missing and the Dead was nominated for a Shamus, and Pieces of Death, from later that same year, was nominated for an Edgar.

We're talking good stuff here, tough, taut and terse.

Unfortunately, for some reason later books in the series were packaged as -- and subsequently dismissed -- as Men's Adventures, as the publisher tried to cash in, utilizing some pretty tacky -- but instantly recognizable -- artwork not all that disimiliar from Mack Bolan, The Destroyer, The Exterminator, etc., etc.

It was an unfortunate decision, because the books were better than that. They were, in fact, damned good, featuring a hard but believable hero, and narrated in a straight, unpretentious manner, literate without being lofty, not unlike the work of Hammett himself.

And then, in 2002, Bragg returned in the self-published Wolf House, a decidedly off-beat late addition to the series that had the formerly no-nonsense private eye working with a psychic.

Lynch was a reporter who quit the newspaper business for a career as a mystery writer. He was born and raised in Seattle, graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in journalism, and later moved south to the Bay Area in the 1960s.


Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith. Thanks to Al for the heads up.

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