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Highway. Highway was created by Garnett Weston and appeared in three novels from 1935 to 1940, beginning with Murder in Haste.
Highway is a kindly, bronzed, bearded, middle-aged man, a vagabond wandering the United States, playing his fiddle and living a simple life. He is tolerant and compassionate and always tries to help those he finds who are less fortunate that he. Unfortunately, he often runs across murders and unfairly suspected innocents, and so he is forced to apply his native shrewdness to solving those murders and ensuring that the truly guilty are punished. On the justice-to-mercy scale he comes down firmly on the justice side: one of his mottos is “forgiving sinners is a waste of time...you’ll find they’ve forgiven themselves long before you did.”
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