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Fictional Dentons

A list of fictional Dentons, with details where known.

  • Bill Denton (“a nice-looking kid of sixteen, with sandy, crew-cut hair, dressed in blue jeans and a sweatshirt”), in The Mean Streets by Thomas B. Dewey.
  • Don Denton, in Donald E. Westlake’s short story “Good Night, Good Night” (included in The Curious Facts Preceding My Execution and Other Fictions, 1968). Don Denton hosts The Don Denton Variety Show, and the story is told over the course of one hour on a Wednesday night as he watches the show recorded live to tape earlier that day. It begins with Denton being shot in the stomach. By the end of the story he has deduced who his murderer is. Then he dies.
  • Elizabeth Denton in “The Denton Boudoir Mystery” by Gelett Burgess.
  • Gloria Denton, in Megan Abbott’s novel Queenpin (2007).
  • Lindsay Denton (played by Keeley Hawes) in the second series of the BBC police procedural series Line of Duty. She reappears in the third series.
  • Walter Denton (played by Richard Crenna) in Our Miss Brooks (both on radio and TV).

Suggestions welcome. I’ll add any new ones I find.