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18Mar/140

EP1210: Casebook of Gregory Hood: The Double Diamond

Gale Gordon

Gregory Hood investigates the theft of a diamond in mid-flight.

Original Air Date: August 5, 1946

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17Mar/140

EP1209: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Imperfect Alibi Matter, Parts One and Three

Bob Bailey

Johnny tries to prevent the murder of a young executive.

Original Air Dates: September 17 and 19, 1956

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14Mar/141

EP1207: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Confidential Matter, Part Five and Manhunt: The Clue of the Contradictory Confessions

Bob Bailey

Johnny searches for his former friend who is on run from him and the Panamanian police.

Original Air Date: September 14, 1956

A miserable old man is poisoned and everyone at his table takes sole responsibility.

Original Air Date: February 12, 1944

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13Mar/140

Cole Ustick: A Look at the Protagonist of Slime Incorporated)

Below is a look at my character, Cole Ustick, the star of my first detective novel, Slime Incorporated,\ Slime Incorporated  is now available in paperback or for the Kindle. (available for a free borrow through the Kindle Lending Library for readers with Amazon Prime.)

Age: 25

Name Origin: Ustick Road is a major road in the Treasure Valley where I live.  I thought it'd be fun name for a detective, so I named the character Johnny Ustick in "An Ounce of Prevention." Andrea changed the detective's first name to Cole.  Cole Rd. is another major street in Boise and in fact the two roads intersect and I think of my character every time I drive by there. Most people just call him Ustick.

Cultural Background: The story is set in Boise, but Ustick wasn't actually born there. Ustick was born and raised in Philadelphia for his first fifteen years.  His mother had an Italian background while  his father's heritage is English with several generations of Ustick men having served in the Navy.  Ustick didn't join because of motion sickness and trauma over the death of his father.

He's lived in Boise for a little less than 10 years.  He doesn't have a negative attitude towards the area.  For the most part, it suits him with enough big city conveniences to keep him happy and with shows and concerts to go to but without the high crime or overcrowding. He doesn't look down on Boise, but sometimes the ways of Idaho's capitol do amuse him.

Position: As the book opens, Cole works for Jerry Newton, private detective and decorated former Boise Police detective. Newton's style of tends to be very methodical while Ustick tends to be more inventive, intuitive, and look for shortcuts. While Newton tends to be very much a straight arrow, Ustick will be more willing to try something deceptive or sneaky to achieve his ends. The two have a close relationship and their often snipping at each other is just part of their relationship.

Look and Mannerisms: Ustick's usual outfit is a suit but often  wearing a Color like plum, or or orange. Part of the look was inspired by Timothy Hutton's portrayal of Archie Goodwin where he wrote a lot of vibrant and very colors. I've seen these sort of things in other places do. Nampa Mayor Tom Dale actually had a band and they wore similarly colored suits.  I was also inspired by someone I worked with who regularly wore fun suits. 

Ustick has longer hair.  Initially, I imagined it as red, but when I mentioned this to a couple of ladies, I got negative feedback when I described some of the outfits because the hair and the outfits would clash.  I opted black hair which goes better with most clothes.

He  chews gum frequently, though Newton doesn't allow it around clients or potential clients. Ustick loves music of most types (not really into rap or most 90s music) and if he's not doing anything in particular, he'll have music of some type playing in the background.

His smart phone is his constant companion and if he is waiting somewhere he'll probably be doing something on his phone such as playing Angry Birds.  

To learn more, check out Slime Incorporated, available now in paperback or for the Kindle.

13Mar/140

EP1206: Nick Carter: Monkey See Murder

Lon Clark
Nick goes to Boston and finds himself investigating the death of the old friend who summoned him.

Original Air Date: January 7, 1945

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12Mar/140

EP1205: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Confidential Matter, Parts Three and Four

Bob Bailey
Johnny goes to Panama in search for answers in the case of a friend who turned thief and stolen $80,000 from his company.

Original Air Dates: September 12 and 13, 1956

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11Mar/140

EP1204: The Casebook of Gregory Hood: The Forgetful Murderer

Gale Gordon
Someone is murdering night watchmen and leaving odd clues behind.

Original Air Date: July 29, 1946

 

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10Mar/140

EP1203: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Confidential Matter, Parts One and Two

Bob Bailey

Johnny is called in to investigate when it turns out that a dead friend embezzled $80,000 from his insurance company.

Original Air Dates: September 10 and 11, 1956

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9Mar/140

EP1202: Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons: The Case of Murder and the Star of Death

Mr. Keen investigates a murder that's also tied into the disappearance of a valuable diamond.

Original Air Date: June 9, 1949

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8Mar/140

EP1202: The Line Up: Good Enough to Eat

William Johnstone
Guthrie and Karger look for the source of an outbreak of botulism.

Original Air Date: February 13, 1953

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