Has anyone some information about this author? He was a hardboiled
writer seemingly active in the late fifties or the early sixties, and
wrote at least one (excellent) P.I. novel - "Cool Murder" - which I
just read and enjoyed quite a lot. His shamus, Steven Bryant,
operating in the fictional californian megapole Pacific City, reminds
a lot of Travis McGee though he apparently predated him. The plot, on
the other hand, is reminiscent of the other MacDonald - Ross, with
many convolutions and crooked family relationships at the core. Alas,
I Couldn't find any information on the web about either the book, the
author or the protagonist; even ThrillingDetective has nothing on
them. I think Peter George is a pseudonym as it is very difficult for
me to believe that such a good book was written by an obscure hack.
Can someone help me to solve that mystery? Barry, maybe?