Wilbur Peddie
Created by Howard Browne

Best known for his Paul Pine books, writer/editor Howard Browne also gave us several other intriguing private snoops, including one WILBUR PEDDIE.

With a monicker like that, you might think Wilbur isn't the most two-fisted of men, and you'd be right on the money. The stories are good, but Peddie is anything but hardboiled. He wears a bowler and is always very proper and polite, although this does not stop him from picking locks or misrepresenting himself while trying to skiptrace deadbeats for the Tinsley Department Store. So Peddie is a meek, mild kind of guy in a slightly hardboiled world, as represented by a pair of cops he keeps running into. One of them finds Peddie highly amusing, even as he relies on him to solve the murders Peddie stumbles across.

The Peddie stories all originally appeared in the old Mammoth Detective pulp, and were later collected in Incredble Ink, a 1997 collection of Browne stories, published by Dennis McMillan. The title of the collection, in fact, was taken from a phrase in a Peddie story.

Another rather interesting character Browne was responsible for was Lafayette Muldoon, a real estate company troubleshooter.


Respectfully submitted by our man in D.C., Mark Sullivan.

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