Created by Terry Marlowe (joint pseud. of Richard Abshire and William Clair)
Things going bump in the night? He's on it.
CHARLIE GANTS is an ex-homicide detective from Dallas working as a private eye, who appeared in two well-received books with definite supernatural overtones, written by Terry Marlowe (actually the joint pen name of real-life Dallas cops Richard Abshire and William Clair).
Fans of Tony Hillerman who wish he'd cut loose a little and amp it up might get a particular kick out of the second book in the series, The Shaman Tree, wherein Gants is hired by a lawyer to investigate whether his client Amber McKendrick who drowned mysteriously at the family ranch might be the most recent victim of an ancient Indian curse.
After their years on the Dallas force, Abshire did training videos for the police department and worked for a time as a private eye, while Clair subsequently worked for the US Marshall's office now. On his own, Abshire wrote about Jack Kyle, an ex-cop turned Dallas gumshoe.
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