MILO MARCH

 
Full Name: Milo March
Nationality: American
Organization: -
Occupation Other - Investigator

Creator: M. E. Chaber
Time Span: 1952 - 1973
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Milo March is an Insurance Investigator.
       Making his home in Denver, Colorado, March is a freelance investigator though the majority of his business comes from the fictional but powerful Intercontinental Insurance. He is extremely good at his job, making him the person to call when the big trouble happens but he is also not cheap, a factor that plagues the head of the investigating unit of Intercontinental.
       A member of the OSS during WWII and a founding member of the CIA for many years, March's talent made him a well respected agent and his easy-going manner and friendly style kept him from gaining too many enemies, except for those on the other side. Eventually, however, he decided settling down was called for and he left for the private sector. Considering the far-flung areas his various assignments would take him, though, settling down never happened.
       March never sees a drink that doesn't need sipping or a lovely lady that doesn't need kissing and he is too gallant to refuse either. He is good with a gun and a knife and not bad with his fists but his biggest weapon is his brain which keeps him from having to use either too much.

       Milo March is included in this collection because, as a former member of Military Intelligence, the OSS, and the CIA, he is often hired or pressed into service by one government agency or another for cases that take him overseas a lot. In the individual book listing below, are marked with an [I] for those adventures that are of an insurace investigation nature, [S] for those for the government which are spy stories, and [B] for those which are both, usually starting out as investigation and ending up spy-related.

Note: Regarding the book covers displayed herein, Paperback Library acquired the soft-cover rights to many of the author's novels and published them in its own order, numbering them according to this publishing and not according to the order in which they were written or the chronological order of the stories. In total, 25 books were released. 21 of these were Milo March books and marked as so in the upper right circle with "A Milo March Mystery" while the remaining 4 were marked as by the author of the Milo March mysteries. These other books dealt with another insurance investigator, Brian Brett, written in the mid to late 50s' and published under the pseudonym of Christopher Monig. The character was quite similar in style to March. These books were:
The Burned Man aka Don't Count The Corpses (1956)
Abra-Cadaver (1958)
Once Upon A Crime (1959)
The Lonely Graves (1960)

BOOKS

Number of Books:21
First Appearance:1952
Last Appearance:1973

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MY COMMENTS

       It is next to impossible not to like Milo March, either the series or the man. Definitely light-weight in both the private eye and espionage genres, they still earn their keep by being fast paced, easy-to-read, and just fun. March is quick with the quip and faster with the action and he likes to party as well. He has his own code, however, and those that break it learn to regret it.
       The author, M. E. Chaber, is a pseudonym for Kendell Foster Crossen who is also in this compendium with the Kim Locke series, a far grittier spy series. Of the two, I like March’s easy approach to life.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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