Jake Dekker
Created by Stanley Ellin

Stanley Ellin seems to have cornered the market on cold, calculating and thoroughly professional private detectives serving the rich and powerful of New York, although for while there it seemed Lawrence Sanders was intent on horning in on the action, before Sanders decided on more southern locales. JAKE DEKKER is a freelance insurance investigator who lives high on the hog. He's a member of the veddy, veddy prestigious Watrous Associates, located at Madison and 60th.

Dekker appeared in only one novel, 1970's dark and tense The Bind, which became, through the usual twisted, everyone-must-be-on-drugs Hollywood logic, a frothy, lightweight farce called Sunburn starring Farrah Fawcett and Charles Grodin. In the film, Fawcett-Majors masquerades as insurance investigator Grodin's wife, to crack a murder/suicide fraud in sunny Acapulco. Even Art Carney along as another gumshoe can't save this poorly conceived piece of crap.

Although best known for his short fiction, Ellin also created two other big shot, hot stuff N.Y. P.I.s who appeared in novels, Murray Kirk and John Milano.




Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith. Thanks to Jim Doherty for the lead on Sunburn.

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