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Hunter, Tony. Tony Hunter was created by Robert Dean (Pat Thompson) and appeared in ten novels from 1938 to 1953, beginning with Murder Makes a Merry Widow.

Tony Hunter is a Bellem. He is a private detective and operative for the Schmidt Agency, based in Chicago. Hunter is assisted by his flirtatious and attractive secretary Irma and by his skirt-chasing partner Bill Griffith, and travels around the U.S. during his cases, which are unusually violent, even vicious. Hunter is tall, strong (if a little doughy), well-dressed, and quick with his fists (he was an “intercollegiate heavyweight boxer”). Griffith is small, thin and wiry.

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