Created by James M. Reasoner
James M. Reasoner, of course, has written private eye stuff before. Besides the thirty-six Mike Shayne stories he wrote as "Brett Holliday" for Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, he's highly regarded among fans of the genre for Texas Wind, a much beloved P.I. novel, and the Markham short stories, featuring a Chandleresque Texas gumshoe.
But he also wrote several other P.I. stories, including several featuring Delaney, and a couple about two different NICHOLAS LAKEs.
So Nicholas is not a series character -- he just smells like one.
The first Nick is a serious contemporary (for 1980) gumshoe who strives to be a professional, although he may have read a few too many old P.I. novels, who appeared in "Kemidov's Treasure" in 1982. He favours white suits and fedoras.
The second Mr. Lake popped up almost two decades later, in "The East Wind Caper," set in Honolulu in December 1941. In this version, Nicholas has a Hawaiian stand-up comic for a sidekick/assistant. Reasoner himself likes to think that "the eighties Lake is the grandson or great-nerphew of the one from the forties."
-- Ed Gorman, from the intro to Old Times' Sake
Includes both Nicholas Lake stories.
James Reasoner's blog.
Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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