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Priest, Judge. Judge Priest was created by Irwin Cobb and appeared in forty short stories and seven novels and story collections from 1911 to 1937, beginning with “Judge Priest–Murder Witness” (Saturday Evening Post, Oct. 28, 1911).

Judge Priest is a Kentuckian, a broad, stoop-shouldered, fat-legged, easy-going Confederate veteran. He is a large man in perpetually wrinkled clothes who likes his mint juleps, likes his old Kentucky home just fine the way it is, likes Blacks to be racist stereotypes, likes his west Kentucky circuit court peaceful (it so rarely is), and likes quiet and calm, although he always seems to be dealing with criminals. He's very much a commonsense kind of detective, though not ungifted with intelligence.

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