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Norton, Tug. Tug Norton was created by Edward Parrish Ware (Jack Calhoun, Buck Harris, Battle McKim) and appeared in forty stories in Detective Fiction Weekly and Dime Detective Magazine from 1926 to 1934, beginning with “The Fifth Gate” (Detective Fiction Weekly, Mar. 13, 1926).

Tug Norton is a hard-boiled (albeit thoughtful and intelligent) private detective in Kansas City. He is the “founder, owner, and chief operative” of the Kaw Valley Detective Bureau. Norton used to be a cowboy in rural Oklahoma, but he left that to become a policeman in Kansas City. He lost his job with the police department when a new police commissioner fired “all those politically off-colored,” which included Norton. He then opened his own detective agency. His cases take him around Missouri and Arkansas.

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