Jason Dark

Created by Hugh Pentecost

You don't hate a weapon -- a gun, or a knife, or a meat cleaver. You hate the man who uses the weapon against you."

-- "The Dark Plan"

Sort of like a cross between Dick Francis' Sid Halley and the men's adventure books of the era, Hugh Pentecost's JASON DARK is a former cop and private who takes on Quadrant International, the powerful global corporation/crime syndicate, after they who tried to dissuade him.

Unfortunately for them, the brutal beating they ordered on him failed, although Dark's right hand had to be amputated. The result was that he more-or-less declares war on them; a war to the death that Dark is more than willing to fight, well, single-handedly.

Silly? Maybe. But Pentecost gets extra points for imbuing Dark with an extra dose of humanity, making him a fifty-something "short rotund man" who wears glasses -- not an indestructible Mack Bolan he-man type -- who's been irreparably damaged but refuses to surrender.

Dark appeared in a half dozen inter-connected short stories in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine in the seventies.

The author, Hugh Pentecost, was a prolific writer, with several series, such as those featuring John Jericho, a crime-fighting painter, and hotel-manager sleuth Pierre Chambrun.


  • "The Dark Plan" (February 1976, EQMM)
  • "The Dark Gambit" (February 1976, EQMM)
  • "The Dark Encounter" (February 1976, EQMM)
  • "The Dark Maneuver" (February 1976, EQMM)
  • "The Dark Intuition" (February 1976, EQMM)
  • "The Dark Gamble: End of the Trail" (October 1977, EQMM)

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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