Created by Basil Copper (1924-2013)
Starting with his first appearance in The Dark Mirror in 1966, hard-boiled, laconic Los Angeles private eye MIKE FARADAY has been around for years, without attracting much attention on this side of the Atlantic. However, the books kept right on coming, so British author Cooper must have been doing something right.
Sure, it may be a little difficult to swallow an American eye slang spouting BritTalk, muttering about "getting a tyre out of the boot", but this is pure retro-pulp, and any linguistic rough spots are soon overshadowed by the fast-paced action.
Faraday's your typical pulp P.I.: hard as nails, quick with the wisecracks and fisticuffs and always up for the ladies. He's actually rather convincing, as mystery critic T.J. Binyon pointed out in Murder Will Out (1989). And Faraday was well enough remembered that as recently as 2014, Picadilly Publishing out of the U.K. announced an ambitious series of repritns that will see all 52 books in the series released on e-book.
Still, Copper, a British journalist and editor before he turned to writing fiction, may be best known for his horror fiction and his continuation of the Holmesian Solar Pons series after the death of Pons' creator, August Derleth.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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