Nat "The Bleeder" Perry
Created by Edith and Ejler Jacobson
A rather unique private eye here and certainly one of the more famous -- or is it infamous? -- of the defective detectives, NAT "THE BLEEDER PERRY was a hemophiliac, "to whom a single scratch might mean death."
The story goes that young Nathanial was a fourteen year-old "thin-skinned orphan" when he was struck by a car, the victim of a hit-and-run driver. Realizing the kid was a hemophilliac and pretty much a goner unless he got help quickly, he was rushed to the hospital by Police Officer Harry O'Connor of the NYPD, a "stubborn, gritty, sawed-off little Irishman," who had developed a soft spot for Nat. He rolled up his sleeves and gave three blood transfusions over four days, figuring that the kid couldn't die if had cop's blood in him.
Maybe not the most logical bit of reasoning, but it seems to have worked -- Nat not only survived, but he dedicated his life to becoming a police officer. When the series begins, in "The Rag Dog Killer," Nat is twenty-nine and working as a private eye in New York, much to the dismay of O'Connor, who worries an awful lot about his adopted son.
Introduction by Garyn G. Roberts Ph.D.
Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
| Home | Detectives A-L M-Z | Film | Radio | Television | Web Comics | Comics | FAQs | Search |