Created by James Powell (1932 --)
Curmudgeonly, aging HARRY GRUNDIG chose the name Aardvark Investigations for his one-man detective agency so he'd be the first private eye listed in the phone book.
He's the creation of James Powell, a Canadian who's written a ton of short stories, mostly of the mysterious and humorous bent, and who also writes the Ambrose Ganelon stories, which relate the adventures of four generations of private detectives named Ambrose Ganelon who live in the small Riviera principality of San Sebastiano.
Powell was born in Toronto in 1932 and graduated from the University of Toronto. His stories have appeared in EQMM and Playboy among others and are reprinted regularly in Best of anthology series. He's a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the Crime Writers of Canada. In 2003 his "Bottom Walker" received their Arthur Ellis Award for best short story of the year, and that same year the Ganelon story "The Jewels of Atlantis" was nominated for a Shamus award by the PWA. In 2006 the Scene of the Crime Festival on Wolfe Island ON bestowed upon him their Grant Allen award. He currently lives in the States with his American wife.