From the Thrilling Detective Vault #2: Chance Purdue
Created by Ross Spencer (1921-1998)
A series of novels spoofing the private eye genre.
They feature the beer-soaked adventures and screwball cases of a Chicago-based P.I.
His name is Chance Purdue.
They are all titled The "Something-or-other" Caper.
They are all written in one-sentence paragraphs.
And no punctuation.
Except for periods and question marks.
Each chapter begins with witticisms quotes and aphorisms from Monroe D. Underwood.
I don't know who he is either.
Some people think they're a real hoot.
Author Ross H. Spencer went on to create a whole slew of low-rent, hard-drinking stumblebum Chicago private eyes who stagger, stumble and bumble their way through cases in a self-induced alcoholic fog in pursuit of truth, justice, nymphomaniacs and beer. Fortunately, he dropped the annoying prose style. Some of his other gumshoes include Lacey Lockington, Buzz Deckard, Birch Kirby and Luke Lassiter.
THE CHANCE PURDUE NOVELS
The Dada Caper (1978)
The Regis Arms Caper (1979)
The Stranger City Caper (1980)
The Abu Wahab Caper (1980)
The Raddish River Caper (1981)
The Compleat Chance Purdue (1997)
Lord knows, there's plenty more where this came from. If this tickles your fancy, head on over to the Thrilling Detective Web Site, and get that fancy good and tickled.