Devlin Kirk

Created by Rex Burns
(pseudonym of Raoul Stephen Sehler; also writes as Tom Sehler)
(1935-- )

Denver private peeper DEVLIN KIRK has been around, as a Denver cop and later, a Secret Service agent. But now he's a high-tech private eye specializing in white collar crime and industrial security. Backing him up is his "bear-sized" partner, Homer Bunchcroft, usually referred to simply as "Bunch."

Not that Davlin's got it easy -- he's still haunted by his father's suicide and the guilt he feels for not being there when it occurred. It was only in Suicide Season (1987), Devlin's first recorded case, that he discovers that his father was actually murdered. Not that it does Devlin's guilt any good, mind you -- int he end, he's forced by circumstances to let the killer escape.

And this began yet another promising series from the eighties. Devlin appeared in two more well-received novels, and I was looking forward to a long run, but the author apparently decided to focus on his series featuring Denver police officer Gabriel Wager instead. Not that he's abandoned the shamus game completely -- under the Tom Sehler pen name, he's also written an excellent P.I. stand-alone novel, When Reason Sleeps (1991), featuring Washington eye Jack Steele, and more recently he's started The Touchstone Agency series featuring a father-and-daughter team of P.I.s, Jim and Julie Raiford.



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