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Peter, Dick. Dick Peter was created by "Ronnie Wells," the pseudonym of the Brazilian author Jerônimo Monteiro, and appeared in a radio show, sixteen novels, and hundreds of stories from 1937 to 1950, beginning with the radio show Aventuras de Dick Peter.

Dick Peter was Brazil's first series detective and is modeled on Philip Marlowe and Sam Spade. But Peter confronts more than the typical hard-boiled mysteries. Peter confronts everything from "classical" puzzle and locked-room crimes to more fantastic crimes and criminals, including invisible men, treasure hunters, vicious members of Lost Races, and subterranean creatures wielding technologically advanced weaponry. Peter is a trained engineer and uses his engineering skills to stop evil men, especially his archenemy, the Tarantula, a wicked man who runs an international espionage and crime ring and who chooses only the cruelest men to be his captains.

Peter is assisted by his girlfriend, Mabel Carson.

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