Created by George Harmon Coxe (1901-84)
Charming, well-dressed, well-off and single, MAX CHAUNCEY HALE is only a private eye as a sort of hobby. Seems he's only taken three or four jobs in the two years his long-suffering, sardonic secretary Sue Marshall has been with him.
He certainly doesn't seem to need the money, coming from a "good" family. He's been to the State Police Academy, and his newspaper friends say he's a detective. It usually takes a bit of nagging from a very bored Sue before he'll take a case.
The prolific writer Coxe has several other PI series characters, including Sam Crombie, Leon Morley and Jack Fenner, as well as his best known creations, crime photographers, Flashgun Casey and Kent Murdock who are basically private eyes with cameras.
-- Kirkus Review on Murder for the Asking
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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