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The Weird Detective Adventures of Wade Hammond Paperback – September 5, 2000
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About the Author
Professor Paul Chadwick, PhD, is Head of Clinical Psychology at the Royal South Hants Hospital, and Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Southampton. He has an international reputation for his ground-breaking, applied research over the past 20 years on cognitive therapy for psychosis and is lead author on an infl uential book written with M.J. Birchwood and P. Trower - "Cognitive Therapy for Delusions, Voices and Paranoia," also published by John Wiley and Sons.
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What we have here are 10 short stories that originally appeared in DETECTIVE-DRAGNET and TEN DETECTIVE ACES between December of 1931 and August of 1935. The detective, Wade Hammond, we don't learn much about. The publisher's blurbs brag that he's a newspaper reporter, but in fact he isn't. His source of income is never revealed. He generally lounges in his New York apartment, decorated with the heads of animals killed on various world travels, and waits to be called in by the police concerning some new weird mystery. The mysteries vary greatly in weirdness in the stories included here, from not weird at all to impossibly weird.
What remains constant is Chadwick's pretty effective prose.
Although Hammond never comes to life as a character, the situations in which he finds himself are described in vivid and atmospheric ways, guaranteed to suck the reader in as the best pulp tales do.
This must have been a pretty fair seller for the publisher, since three later anthologies of Wade Hammond adventures followed. Chadwick's writing is also currently on view in reprints of a few of the SECRET AGENT X novels he produced during the 1930s.