Last week we talked a little about our leading men, Diamond & Doran. They are undoubtedly heroes, flawed, but heroic nonetheless. But they can’t do their jobs in a vacuum which leads us to the cast of recurring characters that routinely help our detectives track down their prey.
The earliest assist to the Diamond and Doran Mysteries investigations came from Constable Jerry Callaghan. First on the crime scene at the beginning of Madman, Jerry, while a reliable officer and a good man, has a bad flaw for a cop. He can’t stand the sight of blood. Even so, he becomes an integral part of the Diamond and Doran Mysteries, and is soon indispensable to every investigation. Along the way he finds himself roped into a few dubious outside adventures by his colleagues at Randolph Street Station. To add to the fun, Jerry is sweet on one of the Doran daughters. Which one? Sign up for your free copy of Madman to find out.
Every investigation needs a coroner at some point and Diamond and Doran have been blessed with two. The first man to take on the task was Dr. Niels Jensen, a handsome young Dane. A general practitioner by training and an alienist by specialisation, Niels is the unwilling recipient of the job when the previous coroner falls ill. It’s a job no one wants, but Niels is young, and foreign. No one cares that he doesn’t want the job. So why take it? Because Niels is courting a young nurse to whom he wants to stay close. Finding himself cheek by jowl with her father in an investigation was not part of his plan, but that’s where he is. Niels’ alienist training becomes a useful tool, not only for the investigation, but for one of the investigators. When he sees Arthur Diamond struggling to come to terms with something in his past, Niels is ready to help. But when Niels begins a struggle of his own no one knows how to help him.
Dr. Enoch Watkins is a man of a different stripe to Niels Jensen. Enoch is young, single, enthusiastic and fascinated by the prospect of using new innovations and technologies in his investigations, as well as being open to ancient wisdoms to bring the guilty to justice. Enoch is meticulous. He takes careful notes and makes detailed drawings of each autopsy he does, so that no detail may be overlooked. But even he is not infallible when a simple case seems cut and dried. His friend, George Eastman, is only too pleased to have Enoch use his newest product to help as an investigative tool, and offers his advice on how to use it to best effect. Like all the young men in the Diamond and Doran Mysteries, Enoch is not immune to the charms of young ladies, but it’s not a Doran daughter who catches his eye, though the Doran girls are never far away.
The last of the recurring help to come to the aid of Diamond and Doran is former Chicago cop and current Pinkerton agent, Drew McMillan. A man in middle age, McMillan has lived a life full of adventures. From his time in the Civil War as a very young man to his early cases as a Pinkerton agent sent all over the country, and occasionally abroad by the Pinkerton International Detective Agency, Drew is a man of action, a master of disguise and a handy man to have around in a fist fight. A long time friend of Billy Doran, Drew is always willing to lend a hand when it’s called for. In all his many cases and extensive travels Drew has come across many women he could have loved, but it is the memory of his first love that haunts him and stays his hand when he thinks about settling down. Even so, in Poison, Drew finds a woman who might just manage to snare him, if he lets down his guard long enough.
Finally, we come to Harry Andrews. We meet Harry as he arrives, in a freezing gale, peddling books at the Doran doorstep. He finds the lonely and bookish eldest Doran daughter, Bridie, willing to let him sit in the warmth of the parlour and show her his newest titles. Then suddenly Harry is gone and Bridie is lovelorn, waiting for a lover she knows little about who has left her high and dry. But book pedlar Harry Andrews has a secret that shocks the whole Doran family.
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Until next Friday, Happy reading!