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LOU BRICK
Created by George Mair

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Ever heard of LOU BRICK? He was only “the sharpest new suspense-adventure hero since Lew Archer!” I kid you not. That’s what is said on the cover of the 1974 Pyramid paperback, The Jade Cat.

Lou was an investigative reporter for the LA-based Capitol Broadcasting System. In his first and, as far as I can tell, only outing: “A sexy voice on the phone, a bomb in his bedroom, and Lou Brick is blasted into savage adventure!” Just like old Lew Archer used to do it, right?

Please! I’m still trying to get my head around the idea of ol’ Lew as an action hero...

Although Brick can handle himself in a fight, he’s much better at escaping jams with his wits. He is naturally suspicious of seemingly innocent situations, which keeps him from being tortured and killed in a variety of gruesome ways. When the aforementioned sexy woman arrives at his hotel room, instead of being inside waiting for her, he is spying on her from the stairwell and is, therefore, not blown to bits with the bomb explodes. He takes on a gang of Chinese gangsters armed with nothing but bravado and broken shard of glass. He’s also a guy who could seriously benefit from having a cell phone (too bad they hadn’t been invented yet in the 1970s), since every time he steps into a phone booth someone tries to shoot him. In his one and only adventure, Lou uncovers a murderous group of Chinese Communists operating in San Francisco’s Chinatown that is stealing atomic secrets, funneling funds and information to Red China, and threatening U.S. national security.

THE EVIDENCE

  • “I am used to nasty calls and letters and the routine death threats. My daily radio commentary over the Capitol Broadcasting System tended to turn over rocks and shine lights into dark corners. What was revealed was not pleasant to anybody but my employer, my sponsors, and a few million listeners. I have been alternately called a character assassin, an electronic muckraker, an exceptional investigative reporter, a watchdog of honesty and morality, and a creep.”

NOVELS

  • The Jade Cat (1974)

 
 

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