Riley Waddell

Created by Floyd Mahannah (1911-76)

RILEY WADDELL is a P.I. who gets hired to hide a woman for two weeks. In tried and true pulp fashion, he starts out sure she is a murderer (or murderess if you prefer) and ends up in love. Better than average characterization, not just cardboard cutouts.

Floyd Mahannah isn't exactly a household name, even among fans of the genre. He only cranked out a half dozen or so books and a handful of short stories in the digests of the time in the fifties, but they include a couple of other above-average standalone private eye novels, The Yellow Hearse and The Golden Widow, while the short story, "Prognosis Negative," is a quick mean blast of nastiness.


Respectfully submitted by Dale Stoyer.

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