Created by John Kobler
Hokey as heck, but HEY! It's the pulps! One of the notorious "defective detectives," former medical student PETER QUEST was a nearly-blind New York City private eye who suffered from glaucoma.
Not the world's most well-adjusted individual, his affliction left Peter a "reckless, worldweary embittered man" with a sizable deathwish. He wants to be killed in the line of his chosen duty -- fighting the forces of evil. Fortunately, he enjoys a sizable private income which allows him to continue his war on crime, as well as paying the rent for the top three floors of a Fifth Avenue skyscraper, where he has his cubby hole office, almost monklike in its austerity, and his crime lab and library. His eyesight has the nasty habit of failing at only the very worst of times. To add to the general corniness of the fill-in-the-blank plots, there was always a beautiful damsel in distress, usually a recent orphan, who touches something in Peter's heart that makes him renounce his suicidal tendencies, if only temporarily, to save her from, yes, a fate worse than mere death. Like I said, hokey as heck.
Peter made his debut in the same October 1938 issue of Dime Mystery Magazine that introduced Nat Schnachner's amnesiac eye, Nicholas Street.