Veteran Mysteries - In Reference to Murder

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November 11, 2007


Mike (not Linda)

I just wanted to let you know that I think your blog is terrific. The links alone are a valuable resource to a curious and aspiring writer like me.

Since almost no one seems to respond to your posts, I felt that a good blogger like you really would benefit from a word of encouragement now and then to keep at it; your efforts are not going unnoticed or unappreciated.

I found my way here from the DETECTIVES BEYOND BORDERS blog; the writer there knows quality work, and you produce it.

Keep up the good work!

--Mike Tooney


A minor nitpick: MacDonald's protagonist is McGee, no "h."

I too arrived via Detectives Beyond Borders; Peter's an evangelist! ;)

BV Lawson

Oops! I guess that's what happens when you type something up around midnight. Thanks for the heads up!


It's interesting that the Institute for Naval Proceedings would publish Flight of the Intruder. They later gave Tom Clancy his start, publishing The Hunt for Red October.

My dad was a Navy Civil Engineer, and as such a subscriber to the Institute's magazine for years. I used to page through it, and I sure don't remember fiction appearing in the Sixties or Seventies. I wonder what caused them to start publishing it.

BV Lawson

I found the following article originally from the "Baltimore Daily Record": Apparently, the Naval Institute Press took a chance publishing "Hunt for Red October," its first fiction project. Out of over a thousand titles, they've only published a little over a dozen fiction works. Oddly, "Flight of the Intruder" isn't available on the site anymore, although you can buy it via other stores. As far as I can tell, neither Clancy nor Coonts published any of their subsequent novels via USNI.

Carol Novak

Hi -- very much enjoyed your Veteran Mysteries blog.

Just can't resist this update:

The author of 72 Nero Wolfe stories, Rex Stout, served in the Navy c. 1910-1912 aboard Pres. Theodore Roosevelt's yacht.

Nero Wolfe served in WW I in the Austrian army.

Archie Goodwin, Nero Wolfe's legman, assist, and nudge, served in WW II in the book NOT QUITE DEAD ENOUGH.


Web Mistress,

BV Lawson

Good call! I'm beginning to realize that a few days' worth of research was definitely not enough to uncover the many Veteran-related mysteries through the years. As a matter of fact, I'm thinking a full-blown article may be in the works here. Thanks again for the additional info.


I'm another one introduced to your blog by Detectives Beyond Borders.

A few more vets I've thought of:-

Ian Rankin's hero DI Rebus is a veteran of the British Army in Northern Ireland

US writer Charles Todd has written a series of books featuring british WWI vet Inspector Rutledge.

Newton Thornburg's "Cutter and Bone" features a maimed Vietnam war vet.

And of course Conan Doyle's Dr. Watson is a war Veteran (IIRC he served in Afghanistan)


George Harmon Coxe's photographer (Captain - The Jade Venus '45) Kent Murdock.
Ross MacDonald's Lew Archer (noted at The Rap Sheet). My ref. is from The Moving Target ('49) chapter 3: "I was intelligence."
Philip Macdonald's Colonel Anthony Gethryn. The Rasp ('30/31) chapter 2, - enlisted as a private...
AND finally,
Ngaio Marsh's Chief Inspector Alleyn. From Scales of Justice ('55) chapter 4-II, "...but he used to be a nice boy twenty-five years ago before he left the Service to be a constable."


quote edit: "to become a constable."

Charles Benoit

Great list - I shared it with all the vets I know. And great blog, by the way. I know how tough they are to keep up and you do a fantastic job.


Let us never forget the brave men and women who paid the ultimate price for the freedom we enjoy today!

I invite you to read my Memorial Day Tribute entitled, The Price of Freedom


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Why did the Veteran Hospital not help this veteran?
Oct. 2006 — New Orleans is still reeling from news this week that an Iraqi veteran reportedly strangled his girlfriend, dismembered her body, and cooked some of the body parts on his stove before jumping to his death.

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It says nowhere in here that this guy ever went to the Veterans Hospital for help. It only says the Vets said that funds were running low, but it says nothing about him asking for help, or being turned away by the Veteran Hospital. You know good and well that if this guy was that seriously screwed up and reached out for help, he would not have been turned down! And you probably can convince a few people on here that this is true about our Military and their support for our troops when they come home from Iraq, but you'll only convince those who have had no affiliation with the Armed Forces.

John Purcell

I'm surprised you didn't mention former Vietnam War tunnel rat Harry Bosch - Michael Connelly's series.

BV Lawson

You're absolutely right, John! And I LOVE Michael Connelly and Harry Bosch. When I made this list a few years ago, I knew I was probably going to overlook some folks who were important, but for the life of me I drew a blank on Harry. Thanks for the reminder.

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