Created by William Campbell Gault (1910-97)
Presenting the fuck-up as P.I.
While straight arrow Brock Callahan remains William Campbell Gault's most famous creation, JOE PUMA deserves some attention, too. Not as handsome, educated or downright decent as the WASPish Brock, Joe, of Italian stock, is bigger, and meaner, and definitely a few notches down the social scale.
And the moral one as well.
While Brock's clients tended to be film stars and heiresses, and corporate big shots, Joe's clientele runs from madames to professional wrestlers. Joe appeared in several books and stories in the late fifties and early sixties and made a final appearance in 1984's The Cana Diversion, featuring the return of Callahan after an absence of almost 20 years. In it, Joe's down on his luck, and Brock tries to lend a helping hand, to no avail.
Besides Brock, Gault was also responsible for several other one-shot PI's, who appeared in various short stories, in the pulps and elsewhere, including Honolulu's Sandy McKane and Armenian gumshoe Pierre Apoyan.
Includes 12 stories, including six featuring Joe Puma
Five stories featuring Joe Puma.
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