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Olford, Pat. Pat Olford was created by “Federico Canterbury,” the pseudonym of the Spanish author Luis Conde Velez, and appeared in seven novels from 1942 to 1948, beginning with Dos Paquetes de Cigarrillos.

Pat Olford is a private detective in London. Olford is an eccentric who successfully applies his “inverse investigation” method to the bizarre murders he is called upon to solve. The “inverse investigation” method relies upon denying the available evidence: “Reality, said Pat Olford, is a faulty crystal, like those cheap funhouse mirrors–warped and deceitful, that deform the truth of things. To manage to see those things as they really are is to break the crystal.” Olford is occasionally Watsoned by Lewis Earl Welleth.

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