Created by Lester Virgil Roper (1931-1998)
"Meet Jerry 'Renegade' Roe---the greatest detective in New Orleans, and some say the world. He's a bourbon-belting, woman-chasing Cherokee Apollo, the daredevil partner of the Worth and Roe Detective Agency. And he thrives on unadulterated danger!"
-- back cover blurb
JERRY "RENEGADE" ROE is the definite star of the show here, and pretty hard to miss, what with his shoulder-length black hair and penchant for headbands and moccasins. By comparison, the senior partner Stuart "Stu" Worth is pretty strait-laced, a WASP yuppie straight-man. Both Stu and cute little long-suffering secretary Frances 'Fran' Belmont are foils for Renegade Roe's freewheeling antics.
Renegade, Stu and Fran appeared in two "Caper" novels, The Red Horse Caper and The Emerald Chicks Caper in the mid-seventies, another swinging seventies PBO series from Popular Library, the same folks who brought us Patrick Hardy, the "sensuous sleuth."
In his career, L.V. "Sam" Roper published eleven novels under the pen names of "Samantha Lester" and "L.V. Roper" (including a standalone private eye novel, Hookers Don't Go to Heaven featuring Kansas City gumshoe Mike Saxon). Born in Girard, Kansas in 1931, he received a bachelor of arts in journalism from Pittsburg State University and attended graduate school at the University of Oklahoma, majoring in creative writing. Along the way, he worked as a welder, a barber and a Fuller Brush salesman and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War as an electrician. He taught writing at the Labette Community College, Parsons, and vocational education at the Southeast Kansas Vo-Tech in Columbus, and served in the Kansas House of Representatives for nine years, retiring in 1991. L.V. Roper also wrote
Report respectfully submitted by David Nobriga. Additional information by Kevin Burton Smith.
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