Barney Calhoun
Created by Richard Deming (pseuds. Max Franklin, Emily Moor)

"Don't fret about my ethics, Joe... show me an angle and I'll shoot it."

BARNEY CALHOUN is six-foot-two and 210 pounds of ex-cop turned P.I. out of Buffalo, New York, who's tired of eating hamburger. When a wad of cash is waved in his face, he gets involved with a woman who wants Calhoun to get rid of the body of her husband, which she's been keeping in a bathtub filled with ice, in the vaguely-Jim Thompsonish one-shot Hit and Run (1964).

Hit and Run was expanded from a short story that originally ran in the December 1954 issue of Manhunt.

Deming did a lot of hack work in his long career, but he also churned out some pretty solid stuff as well, most notably his series featuring private eye Manville Moon. He also wrote several novels under the house pseudonym of Ellery Queen, continuing the Tim Corrigan series, and penned several episodes of such popular crime shows as Dragnet, Mod Squad, Charlie's Angels, Vega$ and Starsky and Hutch, often under the penname of Max Franklin. A consumate pro, he re-wrote on The Clue of the Broken Blade, one of The Hardy Boys adventures, and even dabbled in television.


  • "Hit and Run" (December 1954, Manhunt)


Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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