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Smith, John (III). John Smith (III) was created by “Hugh Pentecost,” the pseudonym of Judson Philips (Luke Bradley, Mark Chandler, Danny Coyle, Park Avenue Hunt Club, Ivy Trask, Carole Trevor), and appeared in a number of stories and three novels from 1945 to 1950, beginning with “Volcano” (The American Magazine, Dec. 1945).

John Smith is an eminent American doctor who solves crimes as an amateur detective. He is a “small, gray man...a neutral little man. He was neither tall nor short, fat nor thin; he was neither homely enough nor handsome enough to be noticed. He had about him a peculiar, anonymous quality.” He’s careful, watchful, and observant, all of which help in solving crimes.

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