But those two criteria make the Rockford Files worthy of Appendix N, and that fact delights me!
I love pulp detective fiction and was thinking of the best place to post this kind of thread. And now you use my own words "against me" and encourage me to do it right here! You are awesome!
I'm going to post a few of my favorites, organized somewhat by date. I can expand the lists if anyone wants to know which books can be found in each series.Finarvyn's Pulp Detective Appendix N
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- Dashiell Hammett -- The Maltese Falcon is dated 1929; there is a prequel called "Spade & Archer" (Joe Gores, 2009) which is decent but not as good as Hammett IMO.
- Robert E Howard -- A book called Graveyard Rats and Others is full of short story semi-mystic detective tales. The earliest is dated 1933.
- Raymond Chandler -- I have 9 Philip Marlow books, the first of which (Trouble is my Business) is copyright 1934.
- Mickey Spillane -- I think there are 13 Mike Hammer books; I only have a couple of them and didn't like them as much as some of the other authors. I, The Jury is from 1947.
- Ross Macdonald -- I have 18 Lew Archer books, the first of which (The Moving Target) is copyright 1949.
- Ian Fleming -- I have 14 James Bond novels; Casino Royale was done in 1953. By the way, if your only experience with James Bond is the movies, you are missing a real treat. The Fleming novels are outstanding
- Robert Parker -- the guy who wrote the "Spencer" novels. I found an omnibus edition with the first three books in it, and have no idea how many there are total. The first one (The Godwulf Manuscript) is from 1973.
- Rockford Files -- I have the first five seasons, I think there were seven or so plus some movies. Season #1 was from 1974.
Some others I wasn't sure what to do with: Lord Darcy (magical detective), Perry Mason (lawyer but similar to the detectives in many ways), Castle (tv detective who reminds me a lot of Rockford Files), The Glades (tv detective who also reminds me a lot of the Rockford Files).
More if I think of them....