Andy Brice

Created by Lee Roberts
Pseudonym of Robert Martin
(1908-76)

Ohio private eye ANDY BRICE only appeared in one novel, as far as I can figure out, 1952’s Little Sister by Lee Roberts, but his ancestry goes back a little further.

The paperback original was actually an expanded version of “Pardon My Poison,” an earlier short story by Robert Martin (Roberts’ real name), previously published in the April 1948 issue of Dime Detective. There, the detective was Lee Fiske, who by then had already appeared in a half dozen or so stories, but due to contractual obligations, when it came time for the Buckeye State dick to make his novel-length debut, Fawcett Gold Medal decided his name had to be changed”

And hence… Andy Brice!

Not that it makes much difference–no matter what you call him,  Andy’s still pretty much the same private eye he was in the pulps–a low-key, nice guy who calmly works the case (it involves a seventeen-year old wild child), able to handle the rough stuff, for the most part, but not necessarily looking for it. Sure, he might crack wise a few times, but generally he’s just a working stiff, trying to do his job, even making nice with the cops when he has to.

In other words, pretty much like Martin’s best-known eye, Jim Bennett.

Decent to a fault, but no pushover.

UNDER OATH

“Robert Martin has an effortless style, and it’s a pleasure to read a novel that flows so effortlessly.”
— Randy Krbechekon Little Sister

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Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

 

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