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Rankin, Tommy. Tommy Rankin was created by Milton Propper and appeared in fourteen novels from 1929 to 1943, beginning with The Strange Disappearance of Mary Young.
Tommy Rankin works as a detective in the Homicide Bureau of the Philadelphia Police Department. He began his career by pounding a beat in the roughest neighborhood in Philadelphia, and while working there earned a reputation for absolute fairness, to both victims and criminals alike. This reputation, his experience working the streets, and his intelligence and common sense allowed him to climb through the ranks of Homicide in a short time. He is not brilliant, but he has a good, logical mind and uses perseverance where his mind falters.
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