Created by Robert J. Randisi
Manhattan-based former boxer and current private eye MILES "KID" JACOBY appears in a series of novels that trace his career, right from his first stumbling steps as a P.I., when he obtains his license in Eye in the Ring (1982). Numerous cameos and references to other eyes abound, reflecting Miles' creator's passion for the genre. A life-long fan of the genre, the series is chock-full of sly winks, tips and the hats and guest appearances by other eyes. In The Steinway Collection, Jacoby runs into Michael Collins' Dan Fortune in Bogie's Restaurant, a local hangout for P.I.s (and their creators, in real life) and asks him for some advice; later he calls Bill Pronzini's Nameless"(referred to by the nickname "Wolf," as in "Lone Wolf") for some info on pulp magazines, and later in the same novel, Jacoby gets some help appraising a pulp magazine collection from a gentleman named Stuart Kaminsky, creator of the Toby Peters series.
Creator Randisi is, of course, the founder of The Private Eye Writers of America, and is also responsible for Brooklyn-based P.I. Nick Delvecchio and New York Racing Commission investigator Henry Po. They're all equally good, and equally recommended. And under the pen name of J.R. Roberts, Randisi has also written the extremely-popular Gunsmith western series. In fact, under various pseudonyms, he's written over two hundred westerns.
Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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