The Crime Fighters

by W.O.G. Lofts and Derek Adley

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Inspector Hornleigh
Hornleigh appeared in a very popular BBC series before the second world war and before television took over. Week after week came a fresh adventure featuring this down-to-earth detective. Hornleigh also became popular in films; these include Inspector Hornleigh (1939), Inspector Hornleigh on Holiday (1940), and Inspector Hornleigh Goes to It (1941), all with cockney Gordon Harker in the starring role and Alastair Sim as his assistant, Sergeant Bingham.

Detective Inspector Mike Hornsley
Elizabeth Salter’s The Voice of the Peacock (1962), with Australia as its setting, featured Mike Hornsley of the Sydney Criminal Investigation Department. Hornsley, who appeared in five novels in all, was known as “Mike the Cat.” He was insignificant in appearance, a fact which the detective greatly valued, for the assumptions that people-the wrong sort of people-drew from this invariably threw them off their guard and led to carelessness.

Frank Hotspur
This football star and fearless detective was featured in the comic paper Butterfly in the late 1920s. Although he was skipper of the Westtown Rangers Football Club, he still managed to find time to come in contact with a mystery worthy of a regular sleuth.

Charlie Hudson. See: Bob Brierly.

Dave Hulford
This railway detective appeared in an early story in Pluck.

Clifford Hume
Talbot Mayne, Hume’s creator, described this famous private investigator of Regent Street as having keen, clear-cut features and smoking a long-stemmed briar, on which he would puff in deep meditation while he thought out his problems. He usually worked with Inspector Forbes of Scotland Yard, and was featured in Diamond Library No. 47 in a story “The Bond Street Mystery.”

Inspector Laurie Hume
W. Murdoch Duncan was the creator of this detective, who appeared in The Whispering Man (1959) and at least three other novels. Inspector Hume was accompanied by his large and cheerful colleague, Sergeant MacAllister. This pair was also in company with their superior, Superintendent Gaylord, a bulky, broad-shouldered policeman of the older generation who smoked an ancient pipe.

Mervyn Hume
S. Rossiter Shepherd created Mervyn Hume, a rather typecast detective, for the Nelson Lee Library in the 1920s in a short series beginning with “The Maniac of Broxham Gardens.”

Michael Hunt
Stories about Michael Hunt recounted by Vincent Clarke appeared in the Golden Penny Comic in the middle 1920s. One serial was entitled “The Corpse in the Cab.” Hunt was accompanied on his adventures by his youthful assistant Dokey.

Welby Hunt
Welby Hunt, a tall, energetic figure with steely but humorous eyes, was a specialist in precious jewels and the terror of evildoers that dwelt in society. He appeared in the early days of the Marvel.

Anthony Hunter
He was a middle-aged man, nearing fifty years, who had given up his work in the employ of the government and gone into business on his own as a private investigator. Robert George Dean wrote about him in Affair at Lover’s Leap (1953; British title: Death at Lover’s Leap) and nine other novels.

Ed and Am Hunter
Edward and Ambrose Hunter were a Chicago private detective team created by Fredric Brown and featured in The Late Lamented (1959), six other novels, and several short stories. Ed and Am were uncle and nephew, and the latter narrated the stories.

Detective Inspector Hyde
This burly detective with a deep rumbling voice appeared in Murder on the Brain (1958), which came from the pen of Anthony Heckstall-Smith.

Sexton Hyde
“Sexton Hyde and His Four Girl Detectives,” appearing in No. 289 of Merry & Bright in October 1922, began a series of stories written anonymously by F. G. Cordwell. Hyde was a tall, very handsome and broad-shouldered man with great strength and character. His consulting rooms were in Glasshut Street, London. His assistants included Fifi, whose eyes and eyebrows were jet black, and whose small head bore a crown of black hair brushed back from her forehead. Flo was another assistant, pretty with dark brown eyes and a head covered with masses of chestnut curls. Yet another was the beautiful Flossie, with hair soft and fluffy, eyes large and dark blue, and white teeth in a perfectly shaped mouth of deep red. Lastly came Freda, with hair gathered back from her white forehead and sparkling all over in a hundred lights when it caught the sun’s rays.

Henry “Hank” Hyer
Hyer was created by Kurt Steel, the pen name of Rudolf Kagey, for Judas, Incorporated (1939) and eight other novels. Hyer was a thirty-nine-year-old private detective who had previously been a brilliant welterweight boxer.

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