Lord Darcy

Created by Randall Garrett

In a sort of parallel world where magic and ESP, not to mention knights and castles, co-exist peacefully alongside railroads, handguns and various other modern technology, LORD DARCY, who makes his home in Rouen, France, is the private security expert and Chief Investigator for Richard, Duke of Normandy. Darcy uses magic as an aid to his detective work, in much the same way that Sherlock HolmesSherlock Holmes used science. Playing Watson to Darcy's Holmes (or Archie to Nero Wolfe) is Master Sean O Lochlainn, licensed sorceror. Definitely not a hard-boiled private eye type of guy, either by temperament or occupation, and yet the stories themselves often display a pulpish energy that more than makes up for it.

The series proved popular enough that it was briefly continued after Garrett's 1987 death. (A debilitating illness left Garrett unable to write for the last seven years of his life, which is why there were no Lord Darcy stories from 1980-1987.)

Anyway, two post-Garrett Lord Darcy novels appeared, both by Michael Kurland: Ten Little Wizards (Ace Books, 1988), and A Study In Sorcery (Ace Books, 1989). Sorry, no bonus points for guessing which tales these novels pastiche/parody.

Interestingly, Kurland's own sf novel , The Unicorn Girl (Pyramid, 1969), though not a Lord Darcy novel, is partially based in Lord Darcy's alternate-reality timeline. It was written while Garrett was very much alive and well, undoubtedly with Garrett's knowledge and approval. Presumably, this is why Kurland got the commission to write the continuation of the Lord Darcy series almost two decades later.

Not to everyone's taste, perhaps, but bound to appeal to those who like ladies in waiting, damsels in distress, and men in pantyhose.


  • Glen Cook's private eye, Garrett, was named in honour of Randall Garrett.


  • Too Many Magicians (1967; serialized in Analog).. Buy this book


All the stories written by Garrett collected into one large trade paperback volume.


  • "The Eyes Have It" (January 1964, Analog; 1979, Murder and Magic)
  • "A Case of Identity" (September 1964, Analog; 1979, Murder and Magic)
  • "The Muddle of the Woad" (June 1965, Analog; 1979, Murder and Magic)
  • "Too Many Magicians, Part 1" (August 1966, Analog)
  • "Too Many Magicians, Part 2" (September 1966, Analog)
  • "Too Many Magicians, Part 3" (October 1966, Analog)
  • "Too Many Magicians, Part 4" (November 1966, Analog)
  • "A Stretch of the Imagination" (1973, Men & Malice; 1979, Murder and Magic)
  • "A Matter of Gravity" (October 1974, Analog; 1981, Lord Darcy Investigates)
  • "The Ipswich Phial" (December 1976, Analog; 1981, Lord Darcy Investigates)
  • "The Sixteen Keys" (May 1976, Fantastic; 1981, Lord Darcy Investigates)
  • "The Bitter End" (September 1978, IASFM)
  • "The Napoli Express" (April 1979, IASFM; 1981, Lord Darcy Investigates)
  • "The Spell of War" (1979, Future at War, Vol. 1)


Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith. A really big thanks to Rudyard Kennedy for helping me out with this one.

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