Philip Cabot

Created by Roman McDougald (1907?-60)

"I tell you, Miss Sloane, the doings in this house are enough to make a monkey blush. And that was the really strange part of it, in a way. The monkey did blush..."

One of those snooty gentleman detectives, aspiring to Sherlock Holmes but more akin to Philo Vance or John Dickson Carr. PHILIP CABOT is a clever, sophisticated man about town; a dapper New York City private detective on very good terms with both the rich and the police, whose cases always seem to involve locked rooms, impossible crimes and the like.

That they're dusted with some slightly hard-boiled prose and that the NYC milieu is rendered relatively well won't disguise the fact that these are far more traditional and genteel than most private eye stuff of their era.


  • "The poser of an unlocked door, a blushing monkey, and a coterie of dependents who may also have been his assailants stymie the solution for New York's city police... Conspicuous contrivances- for sophisticates."

-- Kirkus Reviews on The Blushing Monkey


Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith. And thanks to Big Phil for having my back.

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