“Tough Dick” Donahue

Created by Frederick Nebel (1903-67) One of the hardest of the hard-boiled dicks was prolific pulpster Frederick Nebel's private eye "TOUGH DICK" DONAHUE, whom Cap Shaw of Black Mask hoped would replace The Continental Op after Dashiell Hammett stopped writing for that magazine. There was certainly some reasons for their optimism. A big, burly Irishman and … Continue reading “Tough Dick” Donahue

Cardigan (aka “Steve Cardigan” & Jack Cardigan”)

Created by Frederick NebelPseudonyms include Grimes Hill, Lewis Nebel & Eric Lewis(1903-1966) “I said I was sorry, you want me to set it to music?” The award for most appearances by a series character in Dime Detective has to go to prolific pulpster Frederick Nebel's St. Louis private eye JACK CARDIGAN. Starting with "Death Alley" … Continue reading Cardigan (aka “Steve Cardigan” & Jack Cardigan”)

Mitch Tobin

Created by Tucker Coe Pseudonym of Donald Westlake (1933-2008) Guilt? MITCH TOBIN's soaking in it. This unlicensed private eye and disgraced ex-cop appeared in five novels by Donald Westlake (under the pen name of Tucker Coe), and together they make up one of the most interesting and varied private eye series of the sixties. Obsessed and … Continue reading Mitch Tobin

Ed Clive

Created by Leigh Brackett (1915-1978) She was wearing a white raincoat with the hood thrown back. There were raindrops caught in her soft black hair, but the drops in her thick lashes never came out of a Los Angeles sky. Her arms went around him, tight. He kissed her. "Hello, tramp." EDMOND CLIVE's your classic, … Continue reading Ed Clive

Leo Haggerty

Created by Benjamin M. Schutz (1949-2008) One of the better post-Spenser P.I.'s out of the 1980s was LEO HAGGERTY, a Washington, D.C.-based private investigator with a mustache, a receding hairline à la Jack Nicholson, and enough little quirks to make him worth remembering. Like Spenser, he's a bit of a renaissance man, obsessed with the moral … Continue reading Leo Haggerty

Dan Turner

Created by Robert Leslie Bellem Pseudonyms include Ellery Watson Calder, Harley L. Court, Walt Bruce, John Grange, Nelson Kent, Kenneth A. Nelson, Jerome Severs Perry & Harcourt Weems (1902-1968) "And then, from an open window, a roscoe coughed Ka-Chow!" The hard-boiled private eye, born in the low-rent pages of the pulps way back in twenties, has … Continue reading Dan Turner

Joe Mannix

Created by William Link and Richard Levinson Developed for Television by Bruce Geller "If you're not gonna pull that trigger immediately, mind if I have a cigarette?" -- Joe in "To the Swiftest Death" Your classic American hard-boiled private eye, television division. And I mean classic in every sense of the word. Accept no substitutes. "the eternal … Continue reading Joe Mannix

David DiAngelo

Created by Tim Broderick "The new economy is all about links. Don't have enough time to do that special task? I do. And all you have to do is link up..." DAVID DiANGELO earns his living doing odd jobs, sometimes extremely odd, in Tim Broderick's smart, quirky, ground-breaking web comic, the aptly-titled Odd Jobs, which ran … Continue reading David DiAngelo

Cecil Younger

Created by John Straley "There is something ardent and romantic about getting drunk. I feel like it's a homecoming and a departure all at once." -- Cecil gets all mopey about drinking in The Woman Who Married a Bear CECIL YOUNGER has at least two claims to fame: he works the mean... er, roads, trails and … Continue reading Cecil Younger

Jacob Asch

Created by Arthur Lyons (1946-2008)  JACOB ASCH was a glib, cynical, half-Jewish reporter for the L.A. Chronicle until he got sent to jail for refusing to reveal a source. He did six months on a contempt of court beef, and when he was sprung, the glamour of journalism, for some reason, had lost its appeal … Continue reading Jacob Asch