& Terry Bob Rooke
Created by David Alexander (1907-1973)
TOMMY "TWOTOES" TUTHILL and TERRY BOB ROOKE are a New York detective team similar to Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin, who appeared in two novels by David Alexander back in the fifties. From what I can piece together, Terry is decidedly more downscale than Archie -- he's a recovered Bowery Bum struggling to survive (Hmm... sounds a bit like Ed McBain's Curt Cannon), and while Wolfe has a thing for orchids, that rascal millionaire Tommy apparently goes for penguins.
Hmmph! Does Lyle Lovett know about this?
Lieutenant Romano, one of New York's finest, was their police contact/nemisis, and later went on to appear as a back-up character in the author's Bart Hardin series.
Author David Alexander was a newspaperman, working for New York's The Morning Telegraph, The New York Herald Tribune and National Thoroughbred, but what he really wanted was to write crime fiction, so he enrolled in New York's Institue of Criminology, and was actually offered several jobs in the field. But he stuck with fiction and wrote numerous short stories for the pulps and digests of the era, as well as many novels, including the dark standalone The Madhouse in Washington Square (1958) and the fondly remembered Hardin series, as well as the Tuthill/Rooke novels.
Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith, with a big thanks to Libby Hall for the (indirect) lead.
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