John Jericho

Created by Hugh Pentecost

JOHN JERICHO's a red-bearded Greenwich Village painter with a passion for justice, a sort of combination artist and avenger; likened to a Viking warrior by his sidekick Arthur "Hally" Hallam, who chronicled Jericho's novel-length adventures. The two met while serving in the Korean War and have remained friends ever since. Hally was shorter and plumper than Jericho and made his living writing Kafkaesque novels.

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, so he's not really a private eye although his actions will certainly seem familiar to fans of the shamus game. 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.

For those hankering to see what Pentecost could do with a more professional detective, check out Jason Dark, a former cop and private who declares war against a powerful global corporation.


  • Sniper (1965)
  • Hide Her From Every Eye (1966)
  • The Creeping Hours (1966)
  • Dead Woman of the Year (1967)
  • The Girl With Six Fingers (1969)
  • A Plague of Violence (1970)


  • "Jericho and the Skiing Clue" (November, 1964, EQMM)
  • "Jericho and the Painting Clue" (July, 1965, EQMM)
  • "Jericho and the Dying Clue" (October, 1965, EQMM)
  • "Jericho and the Silent Witness" (November, 1965, EQMM)
  • "Jericho and the Nuisance Club" (August, 1966, EQMM)
  • "Jericho and the Two Ways to Die" (September, 1972, EQMM)
  • "Jericho and the Deadly Errand" (January, 1973, EQMM)
  • "Jericho and the Unknown Lover" (February, 1975, EQMM)
  • "Jericho and the Studio Murders" (November, 1975, EQMM)
  • "Jericho On Campus (October, 1976, EQMM)
  • "The Birthday Killer" (July 1978, EQMM)
  • "Jericho and the Million-To-One" (February 1979, EQMM)
  • "The Man Who Stirred Champagne" (September 1979, EQMM)
  • "Jericho and the Assassin" (December 17, 1979, EQMM)
  • "Jericho and the Cardboard Box (April 7, 1980, EQMM)
  • "Jericho and the Memorial Night" (August, 1980, EQMM)
  • "Act of Violence" (Mid-July, 1982, EQMM)
  • "Jericho's Way" (February, 1987, EQMM)

Respectfully submitted by Sidney Williams, with additional information supplied by Kevin Burton Smith.

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