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Tracy, Philip. Philip Tracy was created by Harriette Ashbrook and appeared in seven novels from 1930 to 1941, beginning with The Murder of Cecily Thane.
Philip Tracy is a layabout playboy, an “insouciant” spendthrift who does nothing with his life during his first twenty-five years except get an education, spend his inheritance, get thrown into numerous jails around the world on minor offenses, and irritate his District Attorney brother no end. Then someone Tracy knows slightly, a fellow reveler, is killed, and Tracy decides that it would be amusing to solve the crime. He does, and decides to become a full-time amateur detective. He is shrewd, and when he applies himself hard-working and effective.
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