Created by Lawrence Sanders (1920-98)
"Listen, I just don't like people who think they own the world."
-- Timothy Cone, explaining his passion for justice, in Timothy's Game
Yep, we're deep into Lawrence Sanders territory here, but Timothy's a far cry from the dapper Archie McNally or any of Sanders' other slick investigators. Cone's perpetually rumpled and seems to exist mostly on a diet of junkfood, Popov vodka, and other people's cigarettes. Yep, he's dirt cheap, too. Appealing, right?
The only reason anyone puts up with him is that he's a brilliant detective who routinely saves his employer, Holdering and Company, a firm specializing in corporate intelligence, millions of simolies.
Of course it helps that he's having an affair with his direct superior, Samantha Whatley, who's in charge of all investigators at Holdering, and doesn't seem particularly fond of Cone -- her favourite term of endearment seems to be "ass-hole."
The arraction, then, must be that he's, uh, "hung like a donkey." Like I said, we're in Sander's turf here.
A decorated Marine who saw action in Vietnam, Cone may be unorthodox, but part of his success must lie in his passion for "getting the bad guys." As he puts it, "Sure I believe in rules...I spent three years of my life with no rules, and I didn't like it. I want rules. Standards. If you can't measure up, get off the world. That's what we're dealing with: people who don't follow the rules. Fuck 'em!"
Timothy appeared in two collections of novellas, although, as far as I can figure, none of the novellas appeared anywhere but in the collections, except for one story that supposedly popped up in Playboy.
I dunno -- Sanders was no critics darling, but I rather liked these books.
-- Publishers' Weekly on Timothy's Game
-- Kirkus Reviews on Timothy's Game
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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