D. Stonebreaker

Created by Gary Brandner (1933-2013)

A big, intimidating bruiser of a guy, with a face like "a granite head that a sculptor had quit on," Pall Mall-smoking L.A. gumshoe D. STONEBREAKER works the rather tawdry side of the City of Angels.

His old office was demolished to make room for "future slums" and his new digs, at the corner of Western and Romaine, are over the Erotique Massage Parlor, right next to a theatre promising Hard Core Nudies. And like any self-respecting P.L, Stonebreaker has a police contact; in his case it's Sgt. Dave Pike of the LAPD, Robbery-Homicide Division. He was Stonebreaker's former partner, before our man left the force "over a disagreement...with the Supreme Court.''

The seedy settings; a client list that includes strippers, hookers, bookies and small-time thugs; and a detective not afraid of getting physical make for a nice change from the usual Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine fare of that era.

Brandner is also responsible for Dukane, another PI who appeared in several short stories, but is probably best known for The Howling, his werewolf themed trilogy of novels.


  • "Coyote Street" (September 1973, EQMM)
  • "Loser's Town" (June 1975, AHMM)
  • "Parlor Game" (1976, AHMM; also 1986, A Mysery by the Tale)
  • "The Goodbye Strip" (October 1976, AHMM)

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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