Created by Douglas Heyes
Early P.I. renaissance man Douglas Heyes (he's written, directed, produced, and even acted) created private eye LEE GORDON who's hired to look into the murder of the mistress of one of the world's wealthiest men, a shipping tycoon. It was an attempt to depict a no-nonsense view of real-life P.I. work.
The novel, The Twelfth of Never, was eventually adapted for television, by Heyes himself, and released as The Lonely Profession, as a two-hour pilot. Despite a pretty impressive cast for a TV movie, full of, at the time, pretty big names, and generally favorable reviews, a series never materialized. Go figure...
Heyes has been involved in all sorts of P.I. things over the years, from books to radio, film and television, writing, directing, acting and Lord knows what else. He created P.I's Steve Mallory and Ray Ripley, and was involved in telling some other great crime P.I. tales on television and film.