As a teenager on the rough streets of New York City, Dan Fortune lost his arm in a failed break-in and decided it was time to go straight. He became a private detective where he grew up – the gritty Chelsea district. Uneducated but well read, he’s not your typical beat-’em-up, hard-boiled detective, but then having only one arm cuts down on the urge for a fistfight. Instead, he relies on brains, persistence, and compassion. But the job is always the same – dangerous.
“Finely honed suspense… May he thrive.” — New York Times
“Smashing … leaves the reader breathless.” — Publishers Weekly
“A master of crime fiction.” — Ellery Queen
“The creation of one-armed detective Dan Fortune helped revive the old-fashioned detective yarn.” — Tulsa World
“Dennis Lynds was probably the most important and influential writer of private-eye stories to emerge in the past 40 years. His series about one-armed detective Dan Fortune is filled with the sense of pace, setting, and characterization of a master stylist, and the social consciousness of a committed human being.” — Crippen & Landru