An Ace and a Pear

An Ace and a Pear

by Joe Archibald

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BN ID: 2940012486929
Publisher: Peril Press
Publication date: 04/23/2011
Series: Willie Klump , #4608
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 15 MB
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About the Author

Not too bright, not too shiny...
Pug-ugly beat-down gumshoe WILLIAM J. "WILLIE" KLUMP turned out to have remarkable staying power, surviving in the cutthroat world of the pulps for a good ten years, starting in Popular Detective in 1938. It couldn't have been his looks -- his clothes tended to the shabby side, nor his winning personality -- he was pretty much a sad sack. nor was he a particularly brilliant detective or a shrewd business man -- he was a plodder who often went weeks without his collecting the fees from his deadbeat clients. A former op for the Hawkeye Detective Agency he was occasionally referred to as the "Hawkeye Hawkshaw" but he was always the same Klump, a hapless schlub whose success was more often due to pals such as Satchelfoot Kelly, who viewed him with amused and affectionate contempt, and Gertie Mudgett, Klump's surprisngly attractive girlfriend and secretary, who invariably proved both tougher and smarter than Klump.
Not that that was so hard.
Yet, despite his inadequacies, Willie proved quite popular with readers, appearing in over thiry light-hearted "laugh panics." His creator, Joseph Stopford "Joe" Archibald, was a prolific pulp writer, selling western, flying and sport stories as well as mysteries, and seemed to have a penchant for created amusingly named series characters, including such winners as flying ace Phineas Pinkham, the Dizzy Duo and Ambrose Hooley.

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