Griff Dexter

Created by Elliot Kennedy
Pseudonym of Lionel Robert Holcombe Godfrey
Other pseudonyms include 
Scott Mitchell

At first glance, GRIFF DEXTER is quite similar to the author’s other Los Angeles private dick, Brock Devlin. But he’s a little rougher around the edges, and a bit more cynical, from what I can gather. He’s a former cop, booted off the LAPD  after being hit by his supervisor. Gruff and grim and decidedly a loner, but he gets along with the easy-going Steve Hunter, his partner in a two-man detective agency. Filling out the staff is attractive secretary Pat Hayward, who easily ducks Griff’s half-hearted advances.

The author was born Lionel Robert Holcombe Godfrey in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire and educated in University of Freiburg in Breisgau, Germany, and in Nottingham, England. With a name like that, it’s easy to see why he used pen names, especially since his stock in trade seemed to be hard-boiled detective fiction. Besides the Griff Dexter series written as by Elliot Kennedy, he also wrote the Brock Devlin books, about a simialrly tough Los Angeles eye.  He seems to have abandoned crime fiction by the mid-seventies, however, and turned to writing biographies of such Hollywood icons Errol Flynn, Paul Newman and Cary Grant, and contributing to the British magazines like Films and Filming.


  • The Big Loser (1972)
  • Bullets Are Final (1973)
  • Never Say Dead (1974)
  • That Fatal Feeling (1974)
  • The Dead Sleep Late (1975)
  • No Love in a Bullet (1976)
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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