The Crime Fighters

by W.O.G. Lofts and Derek Adley


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Alan Fraser
Alan Fraser, formerly superintendent of Scotland Yard, pursued a career as a private investigator with a growing international reputation after retiring as one of the Yard’s famous “Big Four.” He was a tall slender man, still looking younger than his years, and was usually accompanied on his travels by his pretty red-haired wife Lisabeth. Fraser was featured in some 40 novels by Hugh Desmond, including Calling Alan Fraser (1951), Poison Pen (1958), Condemned (1964) and Murder Strikes at Dawn (1965).

Fraud Squad. See: Detective Inspector Gamble.

Miss Frayle. See: Dr. Morelle.

Bill French
Lieutenant William French was a creation of Christopher Hale (pseudonym of Frances Moyer Ross Stevens). This Michigan sleuth was featured in thirteen novels including Deadly Ditto (1948). He was a slender, youngish man with pale, brown, smooth hair and a fine ruddy skin which gave him a boyish appearance.

Joseph French
Joseph French, Freeman Wills Crofts’ most famous detective, was successively an inspector, chief inspector and superintendent. He appeared in a large number of books including Inspector French’s Greatest Case (1924), The Sea Mystery (1928) and French Strikes Oil (1952) (published in the U.S. in 1951 as Dark Journey). This stoutish man had an easy going and leisurely air, was rather under average height, had a clean-shaven good-humoured face and dark blue keen eyes, and usually clad himself in suits of tweed. Some stories such as The 12:30 from Croydon (1934) actually devoted little space to French until the murderer was under arrest, and then came the secret of his successful deduction.

Sergeant Joe Friday. See: Dragnet.

Fritz
Fritz was an American original reprinted in Aldine Tip-Top Tales No. 40 under the title “The Bound Boy Detective.”

Gerald Frost. See: Nighthawk.

Pete Fry
Stories about the pipe-smoking private investigator Pete Fry by author Pete Fry (pseudonym of James Clifford King) included The Grey Sombrero (1958), The Black Beret (1959) and The Purple Dressing Gown (1960). Fry had an office just off the Strand in London and employed a secretary named Betsy. He was chronically worried because he showed light-hearted impetuosity in undertaking jobs that came his way and thought of himself as far too naive.

Inspector Furneaux
Though he was very small in stature and his voice rather high pitched and squeaky, Furneaux was in fact extremely clever, agile and strong and one of the leading men at Scotland Yard. Stories about Inspector Furneaux were written by Louis Tracy and included The Token (1924) and The Black Cat (1925).

Quentin Galante. See: Trigger Galante

Trigger Galante
T stands for trouble, and it also stands for Trigger. It was a curious fact that trouble and the gentleman known as Trigger Galante, otherwise Mr. Quentin Galante, were never separated for long. A free-lance operator and a personal friend of Sir Roland Kildare, Commissioner of Police, Trigger had an uncanny skill with lethal weapons and his wizardry with a gun had earned him his soubriquet. He usually acted in cases in which officialdom could not go and in which Trigger, bound by no regulations, could cut through red tape. He was wiry and broad-shouldered and had laughing grey eyes. He lived in a comfortably furnished flat in London. The author was Francis Duncan, and Galante appeared in several stories in Detective Weekly in 1937 and 1938, with the first in No. 244, “Enter Trigger Galante.”

Cathy Gale. See: The Avengers.

George Gale
This flying detective was featured in Chips in 1910-1914. Apparently his machine was supplied by the department at Scotland Yard. Every week an adventure appeared in which criminals were brought to justice with the aid of the detective’s plane. Curiously, the lack of suitable landing grounds proved no obstacle to this intrepid sleuth. The stories now seem quaint and outdated, but are nevertheless a noteworthy part of detective folklore.

Nicholas Gale
Nicky Gale was another product of Peter Cheyney’s pen, starring in Try Anything Twice in 1948. The story was told by Gale himself, and we learn that he is a private investigator with rooms in Jermyn Street. He was the son of an American mother from Vermont and an Anglo-Irish father.

Derek Gallion
He was left a fortune by his aunt, and had a house in Sussex and a flat in town. His face was very disfigured by a long scar that ran to his jaw from his right temple. This he had received in India from an Afghan spy. Gallion would not take a case if he thought that the criminal had more moral right on his side than the law. He was featured in “Criminal Amateur” by Frank Shaw.

Henry Gamadge
Elizabeth Daly’s Henry Gamadge was something of a dilettante, though he was a thoroughly likeable individual with a persistent fondness for old books and manuscripts. Gamadge was featured in Death and Letters (1950) and 15 other novels.

Detective Inspector Gamble
Independent Television’s Fraud Squad offered Detective Inspector Gamble, played by Patrick O’Connell, and his assistant, Detective Sergeant Hicks, played by Joanna Van Gyseghem, on the trail of fraudulent crime at all levels of society, from a boardroom to a bingo hall. This 1969-1970 series was devoted to fraud in its widest sense-from the skilled confidence trickster to the pin-striped clerk driven to dishonesty by ambition, envy, blackmail, or momentary human weakness, or sometimes even by good intentions. The series was created by Ivor Jay and was written by a large number of authors, including Basil Dawson, Robert Holmes and George Lancaster.

Barney Gantt
Bernard Gantt, or “Barney” Gantt, as he was known, appeared in Look Your Last (1943) and seven other novels written by Dorothy Stockbridge Tillett under the pseudonym John Stephen Strange. Gantt, a man with a thin expressive mouth, was actually a news photographer while involved in mysteries.

Jo Gar
Jo Gar was known as the Island Tec because his sleuthing had been learned in the Philippines. He seemed to have the Houdini touch and great sensitivity since he knew what the other fellow was thinking before he actually thought it! Gar, a native of Manila, was a small man with a brown face, grey-blue almond-shaped eyes. He appeared in a number of stories published in Black Mask written by Raoul Whitfield under the pen-name Ramon Decolta; some were reprinted anonymously in the British Wild West Weekly.

Grant Garfield
Garfield, a solicitor turned detective, was featured in Death on My Shoulder (1958), Breathe No More (1959), Guilty You Must Be (1959), Fear Runs Softly (1961), and sixteen other novels. Unfortunately author Charles Franklin doesn’t give a great deal of information about the character.

Detective Inspector Garland
Detective Inspector Garland of Scotland Yard was called in to investigate the murder case recounted in J. S. Fletcher’s Cobweb Castle (1928). He was a quiet, reserved man, and, from the story, a brilliant deducer. It was a pity that Fletcher wasted so little time giving descriptive detail about this detective, as he makes his way through the case cleverly, but quite anonymously, and his nature and character, apart from an occasional sly smile, was completely hidden.

Detective Inspector Garry
He was featured in a series of seven stories entitled “9 Mystery Killers” in The Rover in 1952

Graydon Garth
Graydon Garth, the millionaire detective, appeared in the Detective Library in 1919 in stories by Sidney Drew. Garth had a steam yacht, “The Vanessa”, and his assistant was Terry Muldoon, son of the captain of his luxurious yacht. Garth spent his time solving mysteries while cruising to all ports of the world. The stories date back to the early years of the century when they were appearing in Big Budget in series such as “The Mysterious Army” in 1902.

Marco Gasparoni
This great Italian detective was a handsome man under thirty. His build was slight but showed evidence of an athlete. He was a man of courage and endurance, the son of a brigand but brought up by an old countess. Gasparoni appeared in Aldine Detective Tales No. 94 with the title Gasparoni Detective.

Gatch & Lyon
These two sleuths appeared in Aldine Detective Tales No. 214 under the title The Wolves of Washington.

Detective C. P. Gateway. See: Paul Savoy.

Dr. John Gaunt
This detective had well-knit muscles, a tall frame, a square jaw and a straight mouth. His hair, iron-grey at the sides, also gave him a distinguished appearance. Gaunt had a very large dog named Chum that would accompany him in the side-car of a motor bike that he rode. Stories about him appeared in Jolly Jester in the early twenties under the title “The Strange Cases of Dr. Gaunt.”

John Gay
John Gay, detective, appeared in When the Sea Gives Up Its Dead (1894), a novel by Mrs. George Corbett.

Superintendent Gaylord. See: Inspector Laurie Hume.

June Gaynor
She was a pretty girl with brown curly hair who served as an assistant to her uncle, Noel Raymond. June Gaynor was featured in many stories in girl’s publications, including “Detective June’s Strangest Case” by Peter Langley in the Schoolgirls Own Library in 1951.

Absolom Gebb
Gebb was tall and lean, with a clean-shaven face and black observant eyes. He was a Scotland Yard plainclothes man, and an enthusiast in his profession. He loved to ponder over and explore the intricacies of criminal mysteries. Gebb was well known at Scotland Yard as a capable detective, but was not so infallible as the miracle-workers of fiction. Fergus Hume featured him in The Lady from Nowhere in 1900.

Leslie Geddes
This detective was introduced in Clues Ltd. in Merry & Bright.

Gees. See: Gregory George Gordon Green.

Superintendent Gently
Alan Hunter’s Chief Inspector (later Superintendent) George Gently of the Central Office C.I.D. was a bulky man of about fifty with a weakness for peppermint creams. He was featured in many novels beginning with Gently to the Summit in 1961.

Colonel Anthony Ruthven Gethryn
Anthony Gethryn was very tall, and usually wore a sardonic half smile. He was an advisor to Scotland Yard and lived in the quiet and pleasant Knightsbridge backwaters of Stukeley Gardens. He first appeared in The Rasp in 1924 and then in a number of subsequent novels by Philip MacDonald, including The White Crow (1928).

General Inspector Gevrol
This character appeared in Aldine Detective Tales, possibly an American reprint but taken from the works of Emile Gaboriau. He appeared in The Widow Lerouge (L’Affaire Lerouge, 1866) and Monsieur Lecoq (1869) where he was described as “a man about forty-six years of age, strongly built, with rugged features, a heavy moustache, and rather small, gray eyes, hidden under bushy eyebrows. His name was Gevrol, but he was universally known as ’The General.’ This sobriquet was pleasing to his vanity, which was not slight.”

Inspector Ghote
Charming and ingenious Police Inspector Ghote of the Bombay C.I.D. was thin and bony and clad in a khaki uniform. He lived in government quarters with his wife, named Protima, and one child. Ghote himself had a runaway temper and was a passionate believer in the methods and honesty he had learned from the detective traditions of western countries. Though beset by bureaucracy, incompetence and corruption, he nevertheless struggled to apply his beliefs unwaveringly and conscienciously. H. R. F. Keating featured him in many stories including The Perfect Murder (1964) and Inspector Ghote Caught in Meshes (1967).

Glen Gibson
John Bentley’s Glen Gibson was an attorney in New York. He had tight lips and agate blue eyes in a coldly chiselled face. His secretary Nancy called him Gibby. He was featured in such books as It Was Murder, They Said (1948) and Call Off the Corpse (1947; published in the U.S. as Kill Me Again).

Jeremiah X. Gibson
Gibson was Assistant District Attorney of New York. He was nicknamed “Gibby” and was not only enthusiastic and impetuous but also persistent. Aaron Marc Stein, using the pseudonym Hampton Stone, featured Gibson in The Kid Was Last Seen Hanging Ten (1966) and seventeen other novels.

William Gibson
Scotland Yard detective William Gibson was a big man with deep set, slow and melancholy eyes. He wore a beard, though it had been said that it was false. Gibson was always accompanied on his cases by a little boy companion, Paul, son of a man who was hanged for murdering his drunken wife who had made him a hunchback cripple while in one of her drunken fits. Paul was a fragile little mite, not much bigger than a monkey, and as light as a starved sparrow. His face was more like a girl’s than a boy’s, with large lustrous eyes of a deep blue-grey, with long silken eyelashes. His features were fine and delicately shaped, and his golden brown hair hung about his thin cheeks in wavy masses. This angelic companion of Gibson’s played the violin, recited poetry, and painted. The two appeared together in Comrades of the Black Cross by Hume Nisbet in 1899.

George Gideon
J. J. Marric (otherwise John Creasey) gave splendid insight into life in the force in the well written stories about Gideon, who started as a constable on a beat stationed at Hampstead. Gideon wasn’t handsome but he was a massive, strong-looking fellow, with his broad forehead and iron-grey hair sweeping back from it, his big chin, and his full mouth and rather broad nose. He served in the Metropolitan Police for over thirty years, with twenty-five of those years in the C.I.D. with Lemaitre as his chief aide. Gideon very gradually ages throughout the series, as does his family of six children, and his promotion from superintendent to commander is also shown. Eventually he turned down the job of assistant commissioner because he wanted to remain in an active job. Gideon’s wife Kate was featured prominently, and mention was often made of his children-actually there were seven, but one had died. Tom was the eldest, followed by Prudence, who played the violin and eventually married, then Priscilla, who also married, followed by Penelope, Malcolm and Matthew. Books featuring George Gideon included Gideon’s Day (1955), Gideon’s Week (1956), Gideon’s Night (1957) and Gideon’s Month (1958).

Gideon’s Day was filmed by Columbia British starring Jack Hawkins and Diana Foster. Stories of the character were later screened by Independent Television under the title “Gideon of the Yard,” starring John Gregson in the title role.

Chief Inspector Gidleigh
Chief Inspector Gidleigh of Scotland Yard was a married man, spectacled, and adorned with a heavy mustache. His face was usually in the form of an expressionless mask. He was accompanied by Detective Sergeant Nurse and featured by (Leslie) Seldon Truss in In Secret Places (1958), One Man’s Death (1960) and some twenty other novels.

Adam Gifford
This Oxford University graduate was crime reporter of a great Fleet Street newspaper, The Morning News. He appeared in several of Anthony Lejeune’s well-written novels, such as News of Murder (1961) and Duel in the Shadows (1962).

Paul Gilchrist
A series of short stories by L. T. Meade and Clifford Halifax M.D. in the Strand Magazine under the title “The Adventures of a Man of Science” introduced Paul Gilchrist as the narrator. Gilchrist’s life study in his laboratory in Bloomsbury London had been science in its most interesting forms. He was also a keen observer of human nature and a noted traveller with an unbounded sympathy for his kind. Gilchrist was also featured in the stories in A Race with the Sun in 1901.

Anthony Gillingham
This amateur detective, thirty years of age, made his only appearance in The Red House Mystery (1922) by A. A. Milne. Gillingham was clean cut with a clean-shaven face typifying a naval man. At the age of twenty-one he had come into his mother’s money and received an income of 400 pounds a year. He took dozens of jobs, but with independence assured he usually left after telling his employer what he thought of him. He had no difficulty in finding new jobs, as he offered his services free for the first month, as a sporting gesture, and if his employer was satisfied with him he had to get double the normal wage. And Gillingham always got double wages. Lighthearted Anthony Gillingham was one of the first of a long line of humorous sleuths who have mingled murder with fun, though not always have Gillingham’s contemporaries been as successful.

Abel Girdlestone
Detective Officer Abel Girdlestone of Scotland Yard appeared in A Chase Round the World by Robert Overton in 1900.

Inspector Glover
Inspector Glover, created by March Evermay, appeared in They Talked of Poison (1938) and This Death Was Murder (1940).

Nicholas Goade
E. Phillips Oppenheim featured this character in the short stories in Nicholas Goade, Detective (1927). Goade was powerfully built, somewhat ruddy in complexion, with shrewd blue eyes and an indomitable jaw. This physiognomy might have been on the heavy side, but it was redeemed by a humorous mouth, and he had masses of dark brown hair. At thirty-eight years of age he was a bachelor and a famous detective at Scotland Yard. He had a dog of the Sealyham type, small and fat and named Flip. Goade was fond of painting, though his fingers were those of a sculptor.

Paul Godfrey
Paul Godfrey, a London private detective, appeared in B. L. Farjeon’s The Betrayal of John Fordham in 1896. Godfrey’s clients came via request adverts in a national newspaper and not from the wide reputation that a detective usually has.

Chief Superintendent Godwin
Jeremy York, otherwise John Creasey, featured Godwin in My Brother’s Killer (1958). He was with the Criminal Investigation Branch of the Metropolitan Police and a good all-round detective, though no one would ever call him brilliant. Godwin was a Hampshire man and a little slow of speech, obviously from the country and certainly not from a Public School. Quiet, even unassuming, he had some of the attributes of a perfect butler, as it was easy to feel that whatever Godwin said or advised was exactly right. This was made even easier because of his round, browned rubicund face, easy smile, and habit of pursing his lips and pausing before speaking as if he were weighing every word in the scales of his wide experience. He was probable the best informed man at the Yard on the subject of the peerage. Godwin was fifty-five years old and in the force for thirty years, with very few failures.

Wentworth Gold
Wentworth Gold, an official attached to the American Embassy and loosely described as a treasury detective, was himself an American. He was of middle height, clean shaven, with hair parted in the middle and brushed back, shaggy eyebrows and a chin blue from shaving. He wore a pince-nez behind which twinkled a pair of grey eyes. Gold was not handsome, but he was immensely wise. Moreover, he was of the more ugly than plain type with which women fall easily in love. He lived in England and loved the English. As a professional busybody it was his business to know, and he did know, and much that he knew he kept to himself, for he had no confidant. Gold had no office, kept no clerks and occupied no official position, but he carried in his waistcoat pocket a little star which had a remarkable effect on certain individuals. Wentworth Gold appeared in A Debt Discharged (1916), a novel by Edgar Wallace.

Sergeant Sammy Golden
Jack Webb’s detective Sammy Golden usually teamed up with his friend, Father Joseph Shanley, a Roman Catholic priest with a taste and gift for the detection of crime. They were featured together in a series of novels which included The Bad Blonde (1956), The Brass Halo (1957) and The Delicate Darling (1959). Golden himself had short cropped wiry dark hair, with a sprinkle of grey at the temples, and like Shanley was in his late thirties. Golden was with the Homicide Department, and had a devotion to fishing. Father Shanley had blue eyes, smoked a pipe, and had great compassion for people. He lived in a small white house, next to the Church of St. Anne, and had a housekeeper named Mrs. Mulvany. The stories all seem to take place in the Spanish section of the city, presumably Los Angeles.

Leon Gonsalez. See: The Four Just Men.

Archie Goodwin. See: Nero Wolfe.

Samuel Gorby
He was featured in The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume, which was published in London in 1887. Gorby had an extremely reticent disposition and never talked about his business or made a confidant of anyone. When he did want to unbosom himself he retired to his bedroom and talked to his reflection in the mirror. This famous novel, set in Melbourne, actually first saw the light of day in Australia in 1886.

Detective Alexander Gordon
Son of one of the finest lawyers in New York, Alexander Gordon himself went to Yale and studied for law. He was left a fortune by his father, but he squandered it, and becoming penniless took to drink. He became a clerk in a detective agency, and then became a free-lance detective. Gordon lived in a shabby apartment in Baxter Street, New York, and appeared in Aldine Detective Tales No. 215, Detective Gordon’s Grip, reprinted from Beadle’s Banner Weekly in 1892 and subsequently published in dime novel format; the author was Albert W. Aiken.

Cameron (Cam) Gordon
Private eye Cam Gordon of Gordon Investigations, Glasgow, was a creation of Bill Knox. He appeared in a number of short stories in Edgar Wallace’s Mystery Magazine, including “The Money Man,” “The Mountain” and “The Man Who Died Twice.”

Colonel Gore
Colonel Wyckham Gore had a lean brown face with twinkling grey eyes and a trim little mustache. This old Harrovian was a brilliant polo player in the army, in which he served in the Westshires, gradually reaching the rank of colonel. He followed the path of his ancestors who had always been soldiers and served in India and France in 1914. At the age of forty-two and after a year on the Rhine, he completed his military career and joined an expedition to Central Africa. He then came into an income of 350 pounds a year and made his headquarters at a hotel owned by a relative. Operating thereafter as a detective, Colonel Gore was always likeable and reliable. He was a creation of Alister McAllister under the pseudonym Lynn Brock and appeared in such books as The Deductions of Colonel Gore (1924) and The Slip-Carriage Mystery (1928). The latter book is outstanding in its change of style and method.

Chief Inspector Gorham. See: Mr. Moh.

Chief Inspector Gowan
A Scotland Yard detective, Chief Inspector Gowan was featured in a serial in the Wizard in 1950 entitled “The ’Tec on the Whisperer’s Trail.”

Royston Gower
This creation of Alec G. Pearson appeared in a 1905 issue of the Marvel in a story entitled “Forging the Chain” and later in the Boy’s Friend. Like so many of his contemporaries, Gower was described as the cleverest detective in Europe.

Jubal Grail
In addition to being a detective, Jubal Grail was a hypnotist of great power. He was assisted in all his cases by his brother George. The two were featured in stories by Captain Addison in the Vanguard Library in 1909.

Inspector Paul Grainger
Fiona Sinclair created this detective and featured him in several novels including Three Slips to a Noose in 1964. Paul Grainger of the C.I.D. was educated at Oxford University and held degrees in many subjects. He was a slight, fair man, quiet, scholarly, with a stoop, with a quiet, unemphatic, educated voice, and with horn-rimmed glasses. His appearance was deceptive, for Grainger was a hunter who steadily dissected the facts to put the noose around the neck of the guilty. His assistant was Sergeant MacGregor, a huge burly Scot who spoke in a very broad accent and had bushy brows and small bright blue eyes.

Major Granby
Major Granby and Mark Tancred, barrister-at-law, with chambers at the Temple, were friends who together solved the baffling mystery to be found in The Black Carnation: A Riddle by Fergus Hume in 1892.

Colonel Alistair Granby
Blue-eyed Colonel Granby of the Secret Intelligence Service-Foreign Branch was known to his intimates as “Toby”. He had a wife named Julia and appeared in more than a dozen novels, including The Eight Crooked Trenches (1936), by Francis Beeding, the pseudonym of John Leslie Palmer and Hilary Aiden St. George Saunders.

Lester Grand
He was one of the numerous detectives featured in the detective series “Clues Ltd” in Merry & Bright.

Rodney Grange. See: Jim Bates.

Detective Inspector Granger
Detective Inspector Granger of Scotland Yard was a tall, thin, wiry man. He was featured in the first issue of Dan Leno’s Comic Journal in 1898.

Digby Grant
Detective Inspector Digby Grant of the Hurley Street C.I.D. later moved on to Scotland Yard, where he was known to his friends as “Digger.” He was a young man with a lean athletic frame and keen brown eyes. Grant had captured more crooks than any other member of London’s C.I.D., often with the help of his sturdy, freckle-faced assistant Sam Smart, the son of Sergeant Tom Smart, who had been murdered by a gunman. Some prominence is given to Sam Smart’s bloodhound, who like Grant is known as “Digger.” This set of popular characters appeared in Comic Cuts in the early thirties.


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