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Smith, Cellini. Cellini Smith was created by Robert Reeves (Bookie Barnes) and appeared in eight stories in Black Mask and three novels from 1939 to 1945, beginning with Dead and Done For.
Cellini Smith is a cynical hard-boiled private detective. He is not particularly successful in this business, however, and often lives on the margin, going long periods without being paid. He is a hard man and a veteran of the Army, although he works on the homefront during World War Two. He is assisted by his working class secretary Sadie and by Detective Sergeant Ira Haenigson of the Homicide Department.
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