Created by Don Stanford (1918-1992)
Don Stanford's Yavapai, Arizona gumshoe DALLAS WEBSTER popped up in a couple of Gold Medal originals back in the fifties. As befits his first name, Dallas favors cowboy boots and Bull Durhams, and he even flew a Mustang in the War, but the emphasis in the would-be series was on sports cars, with the blurb for the second book, Bargain in Blood (1951), boasting that "Dallas Webster races against death in another sports car murder mystery."
Poor Dallas. According to the cover of his debut, The Slaughtered Lovelies, "He had no hankering to be a so-called Private Eye until Miss Arizona, his girl, stopped answering his letters. Then Dallas went to New York with blood in his eye. He found a lot more blood than he had bargained for."
And that's putting it mildly. Although he's a reluctant detective at first, laidback and easy-going, when provoked he becomes, as Baker and Neitzel put it in 101 Knights, a "death-dealing dynamo of destruction."
The Eyes of the Grand Canyon State
Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith. (November 2003)
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