One of the hardest-boiled of the hard-boiled dicks was prolific pulpster Frederick Nebel's private eye TOUGH DICK DONAHUE, whom the Black Mask editors hoped would replace The Continental Op after Dashiell Hammett stopped writing for that magazine.
A big, burly Irishman and ex-cop, Donahue worked for the New York-based Inter-State Detective Agency run by Asa Hinkle, and could be counted on to trade in hot lead or fisticuffs, whatever the job called for.
He got the it done.
Nebel's other major private eye was Jack Cardigan, a slightly tougher and smarter version of Donahue who appeared in the pages of Dime Detective. But Nebel was probably best known for his stories featuring hardboiled crime reporter Kennedy of The Free Press and his buddy, Captain Steve MacBride.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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