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Pedley, Ben. Ben Pedley was created by “Stewart Sterling,” the pseudonym of Prentice Winchell (Jim Big-Knife, Johnny Hi Gear, Steve Koski, Eric Lewis, Vince Mallie, Special Squad), and appeared in forty stories and nine novels from 1940 to 1961, beginning with “The Hot Film Murders” (Detective Tales, Jan. 1940).

Ben Pedley is Chief Fire Marshall for the New York City Fire Department. He solves crimes that involve fires, usually arson and murder. Pedley is hard-boiled and grim--essentially Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer in fireman's togs, although not nearly as psychotic as Hammer.

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