Vintage Golden Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Blonde
Date Finished: February 9, 2016
This starts off ok, with a nude blonde found stabbed to death in the office of pint-sized private detective Steve Conacher. It then seems to go off track somehow as he is hired to track a missing husband who is on the run from the police after a Florida jewel robbery. The best part is Steve’s relationship with his buddy and fellow detective, Abe Feldman, but he soon is also killed in the office. The missing husband, wife, lawyers, etc. all turn out to be tied in with the dead blonde. Not much mystery and all too convenient. Conacher is also offensively anti-gay and pretty rude to almost everybody else. Sure, I suppose he is a product of his time, and trying to out-tough Mike Hammer, but it loses him all sympathy. People tend to overuse the term “dated,” applying it to the lack of cell phones as if that would make a story unreadable, but Conacher’s attitudes are dated here.