Created by George Harmon Coxe (1901-84)
KENT MURDOCK's a refined, cleaned up version of author Coxe's rumpled, fast-talking crime photographer, Flashgun Casey, who appeared in the pages of Black Mask and several novels. Where Flashgun was a big, hot-tempered Boston Mick with a gift for gab and a nose for trouble, given to drink and fisticuffs, Kent is a more mature, and professional man, urbane, sophisticated even. And married. His wife, Joyce, often teams up with him to solve cases, mostly in the Boston area, often involving Beacon Hill types. Together they appear in twenty-two novels.
Another person who pops up in several novels to help out is Jack Fenner, a Boston private eye. Murdock returns the favor, showing up in Fenner (1971) and numerous other entries in the series. In fact, I'm not even sure which books are Fenner books and which are Murdock books at times.
Contains the novels The Glass Triangle, The Jade Venus, and The Fifth Key.
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