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Fictional Detectives, Part 1
Mystery & Detective Fiction
"This is the first of two quizzes on 20th century detective fiction; this part covers the earlier detectives. This is also a collaboration between austinnene and mnbates - Part 2 can be found under mnbates' name. "
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Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade epitomized the hard-boiled, slightly shifty detective. He came to life in Hammett's most famous work, "The Maltese Falcon". He was no angel! He even did his partner, Miles Archer, wrong. In which of these less-than-endearing activities did he engage, in the book?
He killed Archer.
He slept with Archer's wife.
He ratted out Archer to the cops.
He stole Archer's weapon.
Patricia Wentworth's Miss Maud Silver first appeared in "Grey Mask" in 1928, but what was her last appearance?
"The Allington Inheritance"(1958)
"Poison in the Pen"(1955)
"The Girl in the Cellar"(1961)
Rex Stout created one of the best-known of all fictional detectives of the 20th century, Nero Wolfe. Wolfe was an eccentric genius who lived in New York City in multi-story brownstone. Wolfe weighed a seventh of a ton and he was particularly fond of beer. What did Wolfe do to measure his daily intake?
He had his chef, Fritz Brenner, bring him no more than six beers each day.
He saved the bottle caps from each beer and counted them.
He didn't monitor his intake, but he never became inebriated.
He had a set daily supply placed in an office refrigerator. When it was gone, he was finished with beer for the day.
Dame Ngaio Marsh created the aristocratic policeman sleuth Roderick Alleyn. What are the names of his wife and son, who feature in several of the novels?
Martha Troy and Dicky
Agatha Troy and Ricky
Deborah Riscoe and Bobby
Cordelia Grey and Ronny
Perry Mason was the lawyer/detective made famous by Erle Stanley Gardner. Perry's secretary, Della Street, is nearly as well-known as he is. On what figure in Gardner's life was her character based?
His publisher's assistant.
No one. He made her up.
Arthur Conan Doyle's brother-in-law created an anti-Holmesian character known as "the Amateur Cracksman"; what is his true identity?
Harry "Bunny" Manders
A(rthur) J. Raffles
In 1939 Raymond Chandler created Phillip Marlowe, a quintessential hard-boiled operative who has inspired more than one later author to begin writing detective fiction. Chandler wrote a total of seven Marlowe novels. An additional, unfinished manuscript entitled "Poodle Springs" was completed by another well-known writer of crime fiction. Who?
John D. MacDonald
Robert B. Parker
Dorothy L. Sayers' enduring creation - Lord Peter Wimsey - featured in a novel which made much of campanology. What was the title?
The Nine Tailors
Clouds of Witness
Five Red Herrings
Travis McGee, a Floridian who lives on a houseboat, was the protagonist of 21 books in 21 years. John D. MacDonald found a rainbow of titles for his works, all of which contained the name of a color. Which of the following colors is NOT in any of the titles of the Travis McGee series?
Father Brown, the Roman Catholic priest detective, was the hero of a series of short stories by whom?
G. K. Chesterton
R. Austin Freeman
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