Ben Helm

Created by Bruno Fischer

A popular P.I. of the late forties/early fifties. BEN HELM is rather unique, in that he's happily married, to Greta Murdock, an actress.

But even more interesting is the way he he flits in and out of the books in this series. Although always pivotal, he's rarely the central character in these multiple viewpoint thrillers, although he does always seem to be the one to (mostly) tie things up.

Although licensed as a private investigator, Ben makes much of his living as a criminalogist, writing and lecturing in that field. It's fortunate for us readers, then, that he believes in hands-on research. He's not your typical hard-boiled, Hammeresque eye of the time, either, relying more on his wits than his fists, and he's more likely to reach for his pipe than his bottle, or his gun. Not that he packs heat all that often, but when he does, it tends to be a small /32 automatic. Hell, Ben doesn't even like to be called a private eye, although that's exactly what he is, and a darn good one.

Writer Fischer wass one of the more prolific popular writers of the genre, starting out in the weird menace pulps back in the thirties (featuring "defective detectives" such as Calvin Kane and Ben Bryn) and eventually moving into the paperback market of the fifties. Other noteworthy creations include Rick Train and Calvin Kane.


  • The Dead Men Grin (1945)
  • More Deaths Than one (1947)
  • The Restless Hands (1949)
  • The Silent Dust (1950)
  • The Paper Circle (1951; aka "Stripped for Murder") ...Buy this book


  • "The Quiet Woman" (1954; also October 1962, MSMM as "Death Attends Rehearsal")


A list of married eyes...

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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