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Fairr, Melville. Melville Fairr was created by “Michael Venning,” the pseudonym of Georgianna Ann Randolph Craig (Jake and Helen Justus, Gypsy Rose Lee, John J. Malone, Bingo Riggs), and appeared in two stories and three novels from 1942 to 1953, beginning with The Man Who Slept All Day. Melville Fairr is a small, innocuous, gray-haired, gray-eyed man, usually dressed in a neat grey business suit, who goes unnoticed by others. Which is unfortunate, because Fairr is a sad, gentle, sentimental man, and likes people. But his nature is that of a quiet, inconspicuous person, and people don’t notice him. Of course, his business is that of a private detective, and all the qualities which make him sad and lonely as a person help him excel in solving crimes.

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