Re: RARA-AVIS: Nebel

From: William Denton (
Date: 24 Nov 2002

On 22 November 2002, James Reasoner wrote:

: I've been on a Frederick Nebel binge this week, read the Mysterious
: Press collection from the late Eighties called THE ADVENTURES OF
: CARDIGAN, which reprints six novelettes from Dime Detective, plus two
: more Cardigan novelettes in the anthologies TOUGH GUYS AND DANGEROUS
: DAMES and HARD-BOILED DETECTIVES. These stories are about Jack
: Cardigan, an operative for the Cosmos Detective Agency ...

Aha, another national detective agency. I just twigged to the similarity to the name of the hero of William Shatner's Tek series (sci-fi detective stuff, like a cheap TV movie in book form). The name: Jake Cardigan. I think all the books were written by Ron Goulart, though others may have been involved (but not Shatner). I wonder where the name came from: did Shatner pick it and it's a coincidence, or did Goulart sneak it in? He certainly knows his hardboiled history.


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : : Caveat lector.

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