Jack Dwyer

Created by Ed Gorman

Midwestern private eye JACK DWYER is a former cop who decides it’s the actor’s life for him, after appearing in a public service ad. And so he quits the force, figuring being a part-time gumshoe gig would give him more time to pursue his new passion, taking acting lessons, going to rehearsals and all that stuff. He displays considerable compassion, a gentle humour and a surprising amount of humility and humanity as he plies his new trade in a thinly-disguised version of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, while trying to keep his eye on the prize—making a living as an actor.

A good series, well worth checking out; one that takes all the private eye conventions and tosses them in the air.


  • “an extraordinary novel…”
    — Jeremiah Healy on The Autumn Dead


Advertising exec turned author Ed Gorman, besides writing the Dwyer series, created a few other notable P.I.s, particularly Jack Walsh and Sam McCain, and was one of the better known editors of anthologies in the crime and mystery field. He also co-founded, along with Robert J. Randisi, Mystery Scene Magazine. His fiction output also includes several westerns.



  • The Dwyer Trilogy (1996Buy this book
  • Collects The Autumn Dead, A Cry of Shadows and “Eye of the Beholder”
  • The Jack Dwyer Mysteries (2016Kindle it!
    Collects New, Improved Murder, Murder Straight Up and Murder in the Wings


  • “Failed Prayers” (1987, Mystery Scene Reader #1; also 1989, Felonious Assaults)
  • “The Reason Why” (1988, Criminal Elements; also The Mammoth Book of Private Eye Stories)
  • “Eye of the Beholder” (1996; included in omnibus edition of The Autumn Dead and A Cry of Shadows)
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.


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