Simon Rolfe
Created by Joseph L. Bonney (1908-89)

Expecting another hard-boiled Marlowe clone from the forties?

Don't hold your breath.

SIMON ROLFE is a throwback to a kinder, gentler, more preposterous era, when private detectives were earnerstly eccentric gents who didn't make trouble their business. More like a pasttime.

Certainly, Simon makes little effort to stand out from the crowd: he's not only an amateur pugilist, violin player and voracious reader, but also a dabbler in chemistry, and prone to smoking a pipe while he cogitates. Oh, and he's got a roommate named Watson, just in case you were wondering what the author was trying to get at.

What? Sherlock Holmes?

Hell, no!

Simon makes his home in New York city, and he considers Holmes an "incompetent bungler." Still, all the usual suspects are here: the locked rooms, the short list of suspects, the iron-clad alibis, and the seemingly impossible crimes that will all seem rather familiar to fans of the Classic Great Detective.


Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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