Pete Rousseau

Created by H.H. Stinson

A tough-as-nails Los Angeles private eye, PETE ROUSSEAU has a tiny coop of an office “on the top floor of a nice office building looking out over Beverly Hills,” from which he can see the sun glinting off the Pacific, reflected on the window of an office building. As he explains it, “Like the Hallroom Boys I buy as small a part of a good address as possible.”

He appeared in five stories in the pages of Dime Detective

Born in Illinois, Herbert Hunter Stinson was a Los Angeles police reporter and playwright, as well writing for the pulps. He was one of the original “Black Mask Boys” (he’s actually one of the writers in the legendary 1936 photo), as well as one of the members of The Fictioneers.  He’s probably best known for his stories about tough guy reporter Ken O’Hara, which he wrote for for Black Mask.


  • “Slay Binge” (March 1945, Dime Detective)
  • “The Good-Murder Policy” (August 1945, Dime Detective)
  • “Heads for Homicide” (February 1946, Dime Detective)
  • “Lend Me a Murder” (August 1946, Dime Detective)
  • “Hearse and Rehearse” (April 1947, Dime Detective)
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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