Paul Cameron
Created by Wade Wright (pseudonym of John Wright; 1933- )

Wade Wright's PAUL CAMERON is a more cerebral P.I than his other series eye, the Spillane-inspired Bart Condor, built more along the lines of Philip Marlowe, Thomas Dewey’s Mac and Bob Martin’s Jim Bennett. His bailiwick is southern California.

Besides Cameron and Condor, South African writer Wright wrote a couple of books about intelligence op Calhoun, but of all his series characters the Cameron series is the strongest of the three, better realized and most satisfying. Best of the Cameron novels is arguably No Haloes in Hell (1969), but the first, Shadows Don't Bleed (1967), is almost as good.

Still, for my taste, Wright's very best work are his two stand-alones, Death at Nostalgia Street and It Leads to Murder.



Report respectfully submitted by Bill Pronzini. Some of these comments originally appeared in The Mystery*File. Used with permission.

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