James Hazell (Hazell)

Created by P.B. Yuill Joint pseudonym of Gordon Williams and Terry Venables "My name is James Hazell and I'm the biggest bastard who ever pushed your bell-button." -- from Hazell Plays Solomon When cocky Cockney private eye JAMES HAZELL first showed up in 1974 in the novel The Boneless Keeper, it opened up a whole … Continue reading James Hazell (Hazell)

Hettie Bagshot

Created by Mandy Morton "An unfamiliar noise made Hettie's elegant tabby fur stand on end..." -- from The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency. The prosecution rests... Hack! Koff! Koff! Just what we don't need now is some cutie pie cat private eye mystery, with a crime-solving feline named HETTIE BAGSHOT who runs her own struggling … Continue reading Hettie Bagshot

Flatfoot Fox

Created by Clifford Eth Pseudonym of Eth Clifford Rosenberg Illustrated by Brian Lies A series of amusing and entertaining juvenile picture books about FLATFOOT FOX, just about the "the smartest detective in the whole world," who solves woodland cases with the "assistance" of Secretary Bird and plenty of helpful clues, which observant children should have … Continue reading Flatfoot Fox

“Oh mama I got dem cosmic anthropomorphic P.I. blues again…”

Going to the dogs, the cats and worse Yeah, Chandler said "Down these mean streets a man must go." He never mentioned cats. Or hippos. Or horses. Or giraffes...The creators of the following eyes apparently didn't get the memo. But to tell the truth, the craze for anthropomorphic detectives is starting to smell a little … Continue reading “Oh mama I got dem cosmic anthropomorphic P.I. blues again…”

Hairbutt the Hippo

Created by Bodine Amerikah Art by Jase Paulos Mystery! Intrigue! Romance! Guns! Flatulence! From the pages of Australian edition of MAD Magazine and the decidedly-twisted good folks at Rat Race Comix comes the thundering saga of a Down Under private dick who does not go gently into that good night. You know him, you love him! … Continue reading Hairbutt the Hippo

Mosaku Anchu

Created by Matsunaga Anshindo "Glabble"? For those of you out there (or maybe just Jan) who just can't get enough of P.I.'s and hippos, you might want to check out the online manga adventures of MOSAKU ACHU, wherein the Japanese private eye confronts the nefarious (and politically incorrect) "The Case of the Oriental Hippo." It was … Continue reading Mosaku Anchu

Fred Fox

Created by James Thurber (1894-1961) A parody of the tough guy P.I. story, in which all the characters are animals in the forest? Seriously? It's a wandering rabbit job, with hard-boiled, rye-drinking FRED FOX called in by old Mrs. Rabbit to find Daphne, one of her descendants. As you might guess, old Mrs. Rabbit has a … Continue reading Fred Fox

Rex Shepard (You Never Can Tell)

Created by Lou Breslow and David Chandler "Oh Goldie, these are humans we're dealing with. You can't just tell them the truth and expect them to believe it." -- Rex explains the inadequacies of humans. Speaking of unfortunate viewing habits, how could you not include You Never Can Tell in the list of movies on your … Continue reading Rex Shepard (You Never Can Tell)

Burke

Created by Andrew Vachss "I parked the cab at a hack stand, pulled my gym bag off the front seat and walked along until I found a bar that didn't have ferns in the windows." -- from Down Among the Zero Three things can immediately be said about BURKE. One, he is, as they say … Continue reading Burke

“Give the Woman Credit”

By John Swan Featuring John Swan Fall 2001 "Jezus H. How can she do that?" "Practice," Meg says matter-of-factly, watching the video monitor parked in a cracked bookshelf across from my desk. I'm warming the squeaky-wheeled chair behind the desk, my head cranked sidewise for the action on screen. "Yeah but still..." Meg's barely listening. She's … Continue reading “Give the Woman Credit”