Originally Posted by issybird
Heh. Now that someone else has posed a question and I won't have to, I'll admit to knowing the answer to Fat Abe's question without hints: it's the underappreciated Lew Archer by Ross MacDonald. He really should be remembered with Spade and Marlowe.
Paul Newman played Archer in the movies, but they renamed him Harper, hoping the "H" would remind people of Hud.