Terry Traven

Created by Geoffrey Miller

We're heading into Ross Macdonald country here, that strange gloomy place called Southern California where lies are the common currency and children apparently always seem to go missing.

Los Angeles gumshoe TERRY TRAVEN was once a hotshot; a minor celebrity back in the sixties who specialized in tracking down the errant offspring of the movers and shakers. But business isn't as good as it once was, and so he reluctantly agrees to track down the missing son of a wealthy industrialist in 1981's well-received The Black Glove, which received quite a bit of good press when it first appeared, and an Edgar nomination for Best First Novel.

Of course, author Miller might have been blatantly begging for favorable comparisons to the hard-boiled dicks of yesteryear... Traven calls his business the Black Mask Detective Agency.

Despite all the good buzz, however, it appears there was never asequel. The rumour is that Mille, who worked as a pubic librarian for three decades, is now retired and working on his second novel. No word yet on whether it will feature Traven, but one can always hope.


  • "...The Black Glove is every bit as remarkable as the best film noirs of the 1940's."

-- The Detroit News

  • "Miller pretty well equals the masters -- Hammett and Chandler -- of the hard-boiled detective story."

-- The Houston Post


Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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