Del Shannon

Created by Darrell James

What is it about this name that made it so popular in 1960?

In that year both American rock'n'roller Charles Weedon Westover ("Hats Off to Larry," "Little Town Flirt" and of course "Runaway") and American police procedural writer Elizabeth Linington chose the name (Linington added an "L") as their nom de plume and used it for the rest of their professional careers.

And why, twenty or so years after both had passed away, did American mystery writer, Darrel James, ressurrect the name for his own fictitious female private eye DEL SHANNON? Doesn't the name already seem to be carrying plenty of baggage?

Was it homage? Tribute? Coincidence?


Because Del turns out to be one tough cookie; a thirtyish private op working for the Tuscon-based Desert Sands Covert which specializes in finding missing persons, and by far their best investigator, her cases often garnering press.

Mystery writer Darrell James' short stories and novels have garnered an impressive number of awards and nominations, including a Shamus nomination for Purgatory Key (2014), the third in the Del Shannon series



The Eyes of the Grand Canyon State

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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