Vic Daniel
Created by David M. Pierce

I always sorta thought of David M. Pierce's VIC DANIEL as a Shell Scott for the nineties. Although he wore his big crazy heart on his sleeve, he shared an attitude that went straight back through Scott to Dan Turner and Bill Crane, and if his adventures don't always quite achieve the lighthearted zaniness (and old Testament-style justice) of some of his glorious predescessors, well, they came awful close at times. And this was a "kinder, gentler" era, after all.

Slightly shady, highly quirky L.A. P.I. Vic was 6'7'' in his outsized Hawaiian shirt and was ably, albeit somewhat reluctantantly, assisted by Sara, an adolescent, would-be punk/poetess. He had an office on the wrong end of Hollywood Boulevard in a failing strip mall where he kept his Mac, Betsy and one of his four guns, all Police Positives. He also has one in his car (a pink-and-blue Nash Metropolitan), one at home, and an unlicensed one he sometimes carried. He also had a mean way with a misquotation, always circling but never quite hitting the mark,

Maybe the kinder, gentler times weren't so kind and gentle after all.

The author was born in Montreal (Wooo-hoo!), and in one of his author bios it said he had "pursued the typical career path of an aspiring writer-aluminum company slave, furniture salesman, reporter, truck driver, door-to-door magazine salesman, stage manager, actor, bartender and hatcheck girl," as well as writing lyrics for Alice Cooper, Chad 'n' Jeremy and John Entwistle. After living for several years in London and Los Angeles, he made his home in Paris. I met him once, briefly, and he seemed like a pretty cool guy. And at the time, his mom still lived in Montreal.

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Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.


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