Created by Bill Pronzini (1943 --; pseudonyms include Jack Foxx, Alex Saxon, Brett Halliday, William Jeffrey, Romer Zane Grey, and Robert Hart Davis)
Created by Marcia Muller
From Bill Pronzini, creator of The Nameless Detective, comes Old West former Secret Service agent JOHN QUINCANNON and his partner, former Pinkerton operative SABINA CARPENTER, who run their own agency, Carpener & Quincannon, offering "Professional Detective Services in 1890s San Francisco.
Quincannon originally appeared in the eponymous Quincannon (1985), written by Pronzini alone, as a drunken Secret Service agent on the trail of koniagers (counterfeiters). That's when he first makes the acquaintance of Sabina, a female Pinkerton's op and his unrequited love interest. Hell, the guy even stops drinking for her!
Quincannon also appears in Beyond the Grave (1986), a novel Pronzini co-wrote with his wife, Marcia Muller. Set in the 1890s and the 1980s, with Marcia's modern-day detective/sleuth solving a mystery with the help of his 1890 case notes.
Since 1986, Quincannon and Carpenter have appeared sporadically in a string of short stories, most notably in Louis L'Amour Western Magazine and Ellery Queen, which were ultimately collected in 1998's Carpenter & Quincannon, Professional Detective Services, and in 2005 another collection, Quincannon's Game, appeared.
2013 saw something of a complete reboot of the series, with the release of The Bughouse Affair, which promised purported to be "the first of a new series of lighthearted historical mysteries set in 1890s San Francisco," co-written by Pronzini and Muller. There have been several "affairs" since.
By Pronzini and Muller, except where otherwise noted
By Pronzini only, except where otherwise noted
Contains one original story and reprints from Carpenter & Quincannon.
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