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Steel, Sergeant Fletcher. Sergeant Fletcher Steel was created by Donald Barr Chidsey (Nick Fisher, Morton & McGarvey, Eddie Savoy) and appeared in four stories in Detective Fiction Weekly and Double Detective from 1936 through 1939, beginning with “Murder Begets Murder” (Detective Fiction Weekly, Feb. 8, 1936).

Sergeant Fletcher Steel’s name is ironic, for he has “toothpick legs and arms” and is a “test-tube detective.” He works in Richmond City, in an advanced laboratory from which he convicts criminals and frees innocents. He is an honest cop, has something of a temper, and has sent a number of men to the Chair. He is always accompanied by Donovan, another cop who is his de facto bodyguard and errand boy.

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