Bradford Henry "Hank" Hammond
Created by Ernest B. Brown

Before he hung out his P.I. shingle, HANK HAMMOND spent four years "gathering intelligence" for a covert government agency so secret it doesn't even get official funding.

Hank comes back from a weekend drinking trip (like a fishing trip without the fish) to find a message on his answering machine from a Friday night potential client. The man says it is important and he will stop by the office on Monday, but shows up on the front page as a waterlogged corpse instead. That's the setup for "Last Call," the lead story in Michael Bracken's Fedora anthology. All the Boston P.I. highlights are here: A blonde bombshell bartender who quotes T.S. Elliot and flirts with our hero, the ex-stripper who ends up as Hank's client for the cost of a three dollar rose, even gangsters from Charlestown and Providence.

Ernest B. Brown was born and raised in the Boston area, and he lives with his wife Alice in Scituate, MA where he has started on his new career in writing (the old career was construction). His other private eye stories include: "Wings of Wax," "The Naked Truth," and "Thus Spoke Who?"


Respectfully submitted by Dale Stoyer.

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