Terry Manion
Created by Dick Lochte

TERRY MANION is a private eye who hails from New Orleans.

Author Lochte also writes about Los Angeles private eye Leo Bloodworth, who appears with Terry in Laughing Dog (1988), the second in that series, as well as in the 1997 short story "A Tough Case to Figure."

His Lucky Dog and Other Tales of Murder (2000), published by Five Star, includes stories featuring Terry, Leo and D.A.'s investigator J.J. Legendre (New Orleans in the Sixties). It also includes a reprint of "Sad-Eyed Blonde," his excellent entry in the Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe collection from a few years back.

Lochte is the author of a ton of great crime novels, including Sleeeping Dog (1985), which introduced mismatched sleuths Leo Bloodworth & Serendipity Dahlquist, which was nominated for an Edgar, won the Nero Wolfe award and was named one of "the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century" by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. More recently he wrote Blues in the Night (2012), featuring Dave "Mace" Mason.

He is currently the co-author with the Today Show's Al Roker of a series of popular mysteries, and has also co-authored four popular crime novels with attorney Christopher Darden, written screenplays for such actors as Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen and Roger Moore and knows more about crime and detective movies than anyone on the planet. His crime fiction column ran for nearly a decade in the Los Angeles Times and earned him the 2003 Ellen Nehr Award for Excellence in Mystery Reviewing. He lives in Southern California.


  • Blue Bayou (1992)
  • The Neon Smile (1995)


  • "A Tough Case to Figure" (March 1997, EQMM)
  • "Get The Message" (1998, Louisiana Literature)


Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith. Thanks to Janice Long for the heads up!

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