Dan Hammer (Riffraff)

Created by Martin Rackin 1947 saw the introduction of two private eyes named Hammer. This is the other one. DAN HAMMER made his debut in Riffraff, a little slice of B-filmery that still manages to hit the spot, and displaying some surprisingly stylish pizazz while doing it. Like it didn't know it was supposed to be … Continue reading Dan Hammer (Riffraff)

Joe Boone (Where’s Marlowe?)

Created by John Mankiewicz and Daniel Pyne Where's Marlowe?, a cinematic gene splice of Spinal Tap and The Maltese Falcon begs the question, "Who's zoomin' who?" This sly, clever 1998 mockumentary "failed upward from a discarded TV pilot to art movie favourite", according to Dick Lochte. Two hip young New York City filmmakers, Wilton Crawley … Continue reading Joe Boone (Where’s Marlowe?)

Ryan Nelson

Created by James Hadley ChasePseudonym of Rene Brabazon RaymondOther pseudonyms include Raymond Marshall, Ambrose Grant, James L. Doherty(1906-85) "I had been working as an investigator for the past five years, and during that time, I had run into a number of screwballs." Honest and hard-boiled but none-too-swift private eye NELSON RYAN has been eking out … Continue reading Ryan Nelson

Kathy O’Connor (The Sunset Strip Case)

Created by Harold Joyce Live! Naked! Detecting! Okay, so KATHY O'CONNOR's not a private eye or even a cop. She's just another small-time showgirl (aren't they all?) who poses as a stripper to investigate her father's murder, in 1941 piece of cinematic silliness initally titled The Sunset Murder Case. It seems the owner of the … Continue reading Kathy O’Connor (The Sunset Strip Case)

Gus Slavin (Loophole)

Created by Dwight V. Babcock and George Bricker This time out, he's GUS SLAVIN, an LA-based investigator for a bonding service, who's putting the screws on war hero turned nice guy bank teller Mike Donovan (Barry Sullivan, the star of the show, playing the classic noir bonehead/doofus to perfection). Gus is convinced Donovan had something … Continue reading Gus Slavin (Loophole)

Ned Beaumont (The Glass Key)

Created by Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) "I can stand anything I've got to stand." -- Ned Beaumont     Unlike Dashiell Hammett's other novel-length protagonists, Sam Spade, The Continental Op and Nick Charles, NED BEAUMONT is not a private eye--not even a retired one. He's a political hanger-on and fixer, a cigar-smoking, hard-drinking gambler with a … Continue reading Ned Beaumont (The Glass Key)

Wade Miller

Pseudonym of Robert Wade (1920-2012) and Bill Miller (1920-61) Other pseudonyms include Whit Masterson, Dale Wilmer, & Will Daemer This bio, taken from Brian Ritt's excellent Paperback Confidential, highlights the career of a unique writing partnership that was responsible for the creation of one of the all-time great private eyes, Max Thursday, as well as … Continue reading Wade Miller

Secret Agent X-9

Created by Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) and Alex Raymond (1909-56) Despite being a collaboration between possibly the greatest private eye writer of all time, and one of the all-time great comic strip artists, the action/adventure strip Secret Agent X-9 was always something of a disappointment. The strip was originally conceived by King Features to compete with … Continue reading Secret Agent X-9

Guy Johnson (It’s a Wonderful World)

Created by Herman J.  Mankiewicz "I never met a dame who wasn't a nitwit or a lumphead." -- Guy's take on women. When his boozing millionaire client, Willie Heyward, is framed for murder, money-grubbing New York city private eye GUY JOHNSON (played by Jimmy Stewart at his befuddled, doofus best) hides him away so he can catch … Continue reading Guy Johnson (It’s a Wonderful World)

Roy Huggins

Pseudonyms include John Thomas James, Thomas Fitzroy, John Francis O'Mara (1914-2002) Crime fiction lost an important pioneer when ROY HUGGINS died on April 3, 2002 in Santa Monica, California, at age 87. Although best known as the creator of such popular TV series as Maverick, The Fugitive, 77 Sunset Strip and The Rockford Files, Huggins … Continue reading Roy Huggins