Created by William J. Reynolds

At last! The wait is over! Omaha, Nebraska finally has its own private eye! All you protesters can go home. Sorry about the pepper spray.

Actually, the aptly-named NEBRASKA is a former P.I./wannabe writer named Nebraska, who came out of retirement to solve the murder of his ex-partner. Now he does some "private-eying" to pay the bills, while working on his version of The Great American Novel (which he often refers to, rather sardonically as just "THE BOOK") or when he's not trying to figure out his relationships with various women.

There's his estranged wife, Jennifer. They're separated, but they have what they call an "understanding." Then there's his girlfriend, Koosje VanderBeek, who is a psychologist. And there's OPD cop Kim Banner whom Reynolds had originally envisioned as the romantic interest.

But that's the way things go. In fact, when he wrote the first book, The Nebraska Quotient, Reynolds cheerfully admits he wasn't planning on a series. He was content with "having a little fun with the PI genre--borderline parody, I sometimes call it--and so I did things I probably wouldn't have done if I'd thought I'd be writing Nebraska books and stories ten years later. Like name him Nebraska. Like get rid of a supporting character that I really liked. Like give Nebraska a backstory that is sometimes difficult to cling to. And so on."

Still, for all his defense, this isn't a bad series at all. Nebraska is an engaging, and affable character, a decent, down-to-earth kinda guy, and the setting is definitely fresh.

The truth is, Reynolds was a real contender, an up-and-coming detective novelist in the 1980s, but he was dropped by his publisher when his sales didn't quite meet their expectations (see below). The Omaha native, who currently resides in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, holds a B.A. in political science from Creighton University in Nebraska, and has worked as managing editor of The Ambassador magazine and as the creative director of a Sioux Falls, South Dakota advertising agency.





Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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