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Zane, Thornton. Thornton Zane was created by Morrell Massey and appeared in Left Hand Left (1932) and Through the Lens (1933).

Thornton Zane is an upper-class American criminologist and amateur detective. In the words of one friend, Zane is the “Analyst of Mystery and one of the great investigators in the world. He is an honorary member of the detective forces of New York, London, Paris.” But Zane is relatively modest about his accomplishments and wouldn’t dream of putting himself forward or interfering with the police in their work, although he will pick up evidence at a crime scene which the police have not noticed. Zane is good-humored and appealing.

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