Created by Ed McBain
(Né Salvatore Lombino. Also writes as Evan Hunter, Hunt Collins, Richard Marsten, Curt Cannon, Ezra Hannon; John Abbott)
Robert Randisi considers Calusa, Florida attorney MATTHEW HOPE to be a private eye, and that's good enough for me.
When we first meet Hope in 1978's Goldilocks, Hope is a transplanted New yorker who moves to Calusa on Florida's west coast, to practise civil law in a small firm. Despite his best intentions, he seeand stuff seems to have rubbed off -- by Mary, Mary (1993) he's considered one of the top criminal layers in the State.
Ed McBain, of course, is the man behind the 87th Precinct series of police procedurals, as well as the creator of private eye Ben Smoke. McBain seems to have a little fun with the Matthew Hope books are fun, and they certainly display a lot more whimsy than his gritty 87th Precinct books. In Gladly the Cross-Eyed Bear, for example, he has Guthrie Lamb, a old-time private eye he first wrote about over forty years earlier, helping out Hope, and in the most recent (and purportedly last) novel, The Last Best Hope, he has Steve Carella of the 87th Precinct in Isola up north calling in on a case that involves divorce, a barroom brawl and a museum rip-off.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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