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Bastion, Professor. Professor Bastion was created by “Gavin Holt,” the pseudonym of Charles Rodda (Professor Bisley, Bobseen, Joel Saber, Derek Trent), and appeared a number of stories and seventeen novels from 1928 to 1936, beginning with Six Minutes Past Twelve.

Prof. Luther Bastion is a short, fat, balding, middle-aged anthropologist and academic who spends little time teaching, preferring to indulge in his love of amateur criminology and attempt to solve crimes. Bastion lives in an apartment near Charing Cross in London and is helped on his cases by his flatmate, Major Kettering-Evans, a maimed World War One veteran who is nonetheless physically vital enough to give Bastion the physical help he sometimes requires. Inspector Burchell is the policeman who reluctantly comes to Bastion for help.

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