Owen Keane

Created by Terence Faherty

An ex-seminarian turned Boston private eye (of sorts), OWEN KEANE is hired to keep an eye on a friend who's wife has recently been killed in a car accident, in 1991's Deadstick, which was nominated for an Edgar.

There have since been several subsequent adventures featuring Owen, whose official occupation has changed several times, in this intriguing, offbeat series. Last I heard of him, he was an "assistant everything' at Home Depot. The only constant seems to be his knack for finding himself somehow involved in murder cases.

Although Keane is often involved in the usual slam-bang gumshoe action, what distinguishes him from much of the competition is his brooding reflections on society and the quiet thoughtfullness the often reluctant detective brings to these tales .

Author Faherty is also responsible for creating retro P.I. Scott Elliott.


  • Keane is "an odd bird in an equally odd series, one that is consistently low key, gently thoughtful and enlightening."

-- Publishers Weekly



  • "The Triple Score" (January 1999, EQMM)
  • "The Third Manny" (February 2000, EQMM)
  • "The Widow of Slane" (March/April 2004, EQMM)
  • "A Sunday in Ordinary Time" (August 2004, EQMM)
  • "The Final Proof" (2004, Desperate Journeys)
  • "The Judas Clue" (November 2007, EQMM)
  • "Good Night, Dr. Kobel" (2004, The Confessions of Owen Keane)
  • "After Cana" (September/October 2012, EQMM)


Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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