Re: RARA-AVIS: Nebel

From: James Reasoner (
Date: 25 Nov 2002

----- Original Message ----- From: "William Denton" <> To: "RARA-AVIS" <> Sent: Sunday, November 24, 2002 10:59 PM Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Nebel

> 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.
> Bill
> --
> William Denton : Toronto, Canada : : Caveat

My opinion is that everything in the Tek series came from Goulart. I've been told that the first book was written before Shatner was ever involved. I have no idea if that's true or not, though. No matter who came up with what, I found the books to be pretty good, lightweight stuff but consistently entertaining.


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