One and Done

Some Great Private Eyes Who’ve Appeared in Only One Novel

Although the success and popularity of the literary private eye seems to be built on series characters, there have been some memorable private eyes who’ve only appeared in one novel, as chosen by readers of this site in a poll back in 1998. 



List respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith, with an assist by Steve Lewis of Mystery*File.
* In 2009, Joe Gores published Spade and Archer, an official “prequel” to Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon.

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