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Frayne, Inspector. Inspector Frayne was created by Harold de Polo (Ollie Bascomb, Whitcher Bemis, Chan Buzzell, Simmering Sands) and appeared in thirteen stories in a variety of pulps from 1929 to 1933, beginning with “The Small Glass Eye” (Detective Fiction Weekly, Sept 14, 1929).
Inspector Frayne is a homicide detective in New York City. He is the best-dressed man on the force–something of a dandy, really–but despite his tendency toward dressing well Frayne is an efficient crime-solver. His approach is to use psychological ploys on criminals–arresting innocent men so that the guilty parties think they got away with the crime, that sort of thing. In the words of Frayne’s Watson, Detective Haggerty, Frayne “never assumed an attitude, never made a gesture, never uttered a word, that didn’t mean something.”
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