Big Bull Benson
Created by Percy Spurlark Parker
The South side of Chicago is one of the baddest parts of town, and BIG BULL BENSON, at six-six and tipping the scales at 285, is not a man to mess with, anywhere--never mind his home turf. He's a gambler with a taste for Grand-Dad and sticking his nose in police business, or, as he puts it occasionally, helping to point them "in the right direction."
Bull's reputation precedes him, though, and he's often asked to look into things, by folks who may not exactly feel comfortable dealing with more traditional methods of law enforcement. He works out of an office in back of the Bull Pen Lounge, on the ground floor of the Benson Hotel, which he owns, thanks to a rather lucrative all-night poker game some years back.
Bull made his debut in the 1973 Mystery Writers of America anthology, Mirror, Mirror, Fatal Mirror, and has since gone on to appear in several stories in AHMM, as well as in Paula Woods' Spooks, Spies and Private Eyes, and a 1974 novel, Good Girls Don't Get Murdered, which Bill Pronzini deemed "tough, tense, sharply realistic... a microcosmic portrait of black urban America as only as black man can paint it."
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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