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Roden, Jess. Jess Roden was created by A.B. Cunningham and appeared in twenty-one novels from 1939 to 1952, beginning with Murder at Deer Lick.

Jess Roden is a sheriff in the small town of Deer Lick, Kentucky. He is homey, good-natured, and shrewd, and uses close observation, sound, small town common sense, and various hunting dogs to solve crimes. He is nationally known, as he solves crimes in distant locations like New York City and west Texas.

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