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Killigen, Barney. Barney Killigen was created by Erle Stanley Gardner (Black Barr, Major Copley Brane, Terry Clane, Bertha Cool, Ken Corning, Speed Dash, Jax Keen, Bob Larkin, Lester Leith, Señor Lobo, The Man in the Silver Mask, Perry Mason, Ed Migraine, Patent Leather Kid, Phantom Crook, Paul Pry (II), Doug Selby, Pete Wennick, White Rings, Gramps Wiggins, Bob Zane, Sidney Zoom) and appeared in four stories in Clues Detective Stories in 1938 and 1939, beginning with “Barney Killigen” (Clues Detective Stories, Dec. 1938).
Barney Killigen is a criminal lawyer who works around the law when he can’t use it: "I'm a great respecter of the law, but when the spirit of the law conflicts with the letter of the law, I'm a man of spirit rather than of letters." He has a wide variety of contacts in unusual places and makes use of all of them in the service of his clients. He is actually happy-go-lucky and devil-may-care, despite the seriousness of his cases. Among the things he doesn’t care about are his immediate future; where his money is going; what appointments he has to keep; and when he is due back in his office. Fortunately for Killien, he is assisted by Charlotte "Wiggy" Ray, his secretary and bookkeeper and de facto mother (he needs one). Killigen talks as he thinks, finding it conducive to deeper insights.
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