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Private Detectives in American Mystery Novels 1945 - 1990

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Mystery Author Index

This page includes mystery writers who came to prominance between the end of World War II and 1990. Earlier writers may be found in Early Mystery Novels and Novels of the Golden Age. For books published after 1990, see American Mysteries Since 1990

The Private Detective

Following the beginning of Prohibition, crime and accompanying dishonesty in police departments and in city hall increased. This development provided the inspiration for the fictional private eye. Two-fisted, hard-drinking, honest to a certain extent, the detective fought against crime and corruption.Old car

Authors of Private Detective Stories

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