Jerry (and Danny) Nelson
Created by Howard Schoenfeld (1915-2004)
Double your pleasure, double your fun....
Let Them Eat Bullets, besides offering some rather peculiar dietary advice, is a rock 'em, sock 'em, paperback original from the folks at Fawcett Gold Medal about JERRY NELSON, your typical tough guy New York eye, who has an ace up his sleeve -- an identical twin brother.
Jerry's bro isn't an eye, though. Danny Nelson's a mild-mannered college professor with a weakness for women who occasionally gets roped into helping out Jerry on his cases. And, of course, he's often mistaken for his shamus brother.
It may sound like a gimmick, but I really enjoyed this one. Jerry's wise-cracking narration, and some snappy dialogue keep the story moving, there's enough irreverence to keep you on your toes, and it's all wrapped up in such a way you wish there'd been more. Unfortunately, Schoenfeld never wrote a sequel, or much of anything else, as far as I can tell.
And it looks like I'm not the only one who got a kick out of it. There are blurbs on the cover from both Ellery Queen and Anthony Boucher.
In fact, the blurb itself is pretty good reading:
Meet Jerry Nelson, a tough private eye, who knew what to feed a public enemy.
One of these dare devils is a private eye, a knight-errant with a nose for trouble.
His carbon-copy is a college professor, and idea man with a nose for the ladies.
When they pooled their resources, all hell broke loose - including blondes, lead showers and teenage psychotics.
Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith. Thanks, Dorothy.
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