Created by Hugh Pentecost; 1903-1989)
JOHN JERICHO's a red-bearded Greenwich Village painter with a passion for justice, a sort of combination artist and avenger. He's been likened to a Viking warrior by his sidekick Arthur "Hally" Hallam , who chronicled Jericho's novel-length adventures. Hally was shorter and plumper than Jericho and made his living writing Kafkaesque novels. The two met while serving in the Korean War and have remained friends ever since.
Jericho was successful as an artist with pieces in many museums and private collections, even though his angry style characterized by vivid colors made his work controversial. He's usually drawn into investigations more by his desire to see justice triumph rather than for pay. His efforts on behalf of downtrodden individuals and others in need led him not just through the New York art world, but further afield into the realm of network television and sixties revolutionaries.
Penned by Hugh Pentecost, the Jericho series proved to be less successful than his works about Julian Quist and hotel-manager sleuth Pierre Chambrun, Still, the author must have had a special fondness for the character, having first created him in his teens (writing as Judson Philips) back in the 1940s for the pulps, where he appeared in dozens of short stories as a member of the Park Avenue Hunt Club, a group of gentleman adventurers that consisted of Jericho (at that point a clean-shaven big game hunter), actor Geoffrey Saville and the chubby intellectual Arthur Hallam with occasional assists from their Asian servant, Wu.
The revival didn't take however (at least at novel length), and Pentecost stopped after penning six Jericho novels in 1970, although he kept him alive via short stories in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine until his death.
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