Joe Caneili

Created by Hayford Peirce

Cynical, seen-it-all former French Foreign Legion soldier and displaced American JOE CANEILI runs the one-man Agence Caneili, which promises "Investigations, Securité and Discrétion assurée" in the city of Papeete in Tahiti.

He's not getting any younger, and he's growing increasingly depressed as his island paradise falls prey to outside influences, but he's still a pretty slick operator, not above running a scam or two to help out a client in a series of interesting short stories in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.

Creator Peirce has another, related series going in EQMM as well, following the adventures of Tahiti police Commissaire Tama. He's also a regular contributor to the Analog Science Fiction and Fact Digest. The author lived in Tahiti for many years.


  • "The Stolen Grandfather" (July 1985, AHMM)
  • "Fire in the Islands" (April 1995, EQMM)
  • "The Missing House" (July 1995, EQMM; also 1999, Murder Intercontinental)
  • "A Matter of Face" (February 1998, EQMM)
  • "The Girl in the Picture" (October 1999, EQMM)
  • "Le Père Noêl on Christmas Island" (January 2012, EQMM)
  • "The Lethal Leeteg" (August 2013, EQMM)

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith. Thanks to Haylord Peirce for setting the record straight.

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