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Tope, Inspector. Inspector Tope was created by Ben Ames Williams and appeared in Death on Scurvy Street (1929) and Money Musk (1932).
In a nameless American big city Inspector Tope runs the police Homicide Department. He is a “round, pudgy man who looked less than his height, and who seemed younger than his years.” He has snow-white hair, apple cheeks, and youthful blue eyes. “Inspector Tope had no superhuman qualities. He was simply a sensible man, not easily diverted from his course, not easily confused. If he had a gift, it was the ability to accept facts as facts, not seeking to evade or disprove them, but bound rather on finding behind them a fit and consistent meaning.”
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