“If you must go down those mean streets, walk softly, but walk a big dog...
“Perenially broke Doan is a short, chubby little man with corn-yellow hair who doesn’t exactly look like he’s going to set the world on fire. His clothes are frequently rumpled, because he tends to sleep in them, and he’s been known to drink a prodigious amount of alcohol. [And] while there have plenty of dogs in mystery fiction, there’s never been one quite like Carstairs.”
— Kevin Burton Smith,
The Thrilling Detective Website
This volume collects the final two Doan and Carstairs novels: Sally’s in the Alley and Oh, Murderer Mine.
Norbert Davis (1909-1949), who also wrote as Harrison Hunt and Cedric Titus, was a rarity in the pulp writing world: a fine writer with a sense of humour. He contributed to Black Mask, Double Detective, Detective Fiction Weekly and Dime Detective, and is best known for his Doan and Carstairs stories.
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