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)

Dirk Gently

Created by Douglas Adams (1952-2001) THAT Douglas Adams? The guy with the BBC show and the Vogons and the towels and the three-armed Betelgeusians? Yup, that Douglas Adams. So now he's writing about trenchcoats, fedoras, smoky jazz, and femmes fatales? Well, no... Even in an era of maverick and increasingly non-traditional P.I.'s, DIRK GENTLY defies … Continue reading Dirk Gently

Sam Spayed (Garfield)

Created by Ron Tuthill, Kevin Campbell and Jim Davis Oh yeah, the dame. She was beautiful. Too beautiful to trust. "Are you Spayed?" she asked. I hate that question. He made his first appearance in 1985, but Garfield the Cat's private eye alter-ego SAM SPAYED was soon parlayed into a well-received book and an Emmy-winning TV … Continue reading Sam Spayed (Garfield)

Pepe Carvalho

Created by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán (1939 - 2003) "Do you realise that we private eyes are the barometers of established morality? I tell you society is rotten. It doesn't believe in anything," declares Spanish private eye PEPE CARVAHLO to his friend, Biscuter, in Southern Seas (1979). Pepe is a fat and cynical eye, who may … Continue reading Pepe Carvalho

Jake & Malachy Doyle (The Republic of Doyle)

Created by Allan Hawco, Perry Chafe & Malcolm MacRury "Why are you such an arse, Jake Doyle?" -- the eternal question At last! The Rock gets some P.I. love! MALACHY and JAKE DOYLE are a father-and-son team of P.I.s working St. John's, Newfoundland in Republic of Doyle, an endearingly quirky television show that consistently delivered … Continue reading Jake & Malachy Doyle (The Republic of Doyle)

Dick Barton

Created by Norman Collins "With one bound Dick, was free!" The beloved star of the BBC's first daily radio serial was sometimes a private investigator, sometimes an adventurer, sometimes a "special agent"and sometimes--this is my favourite--a  "world-famous secret agent." But whatever his actual occupation was (it seemed to be dictated by the story), DICK BARTON was … Continue reading Dick Barton

Eliza Scarlet (Miss Scarlet & The Duke)

Created by Rachael New Lord knows there were several "lady detectives" bouncing around in the late 1800s that would make for a great film or television adaptation, but the Irish/Anglo producers of Miss Scarlet & The Duke decided to scratch build their own, no doubt eying the success of such period mysteries as Miss Fisher (Thumbs up!) … Continue reading Eliza Scarlet (Miss Scarlet & The Duke)

Jack Carter (Les aventures tumultueuses de Jack Carter)

Created by Sylvie Lussier and Pierre Poirier Non-Montrealers may think the lead character in the Radio-Canada private eye TV show Les aventures tumultueuses de Jack Carter is some sort of hands-across-the-water homage to Michael Caine's character in the iconic 1971 Brit noir Get Carter. But they'd be wrong. It's all given away by numerous publicity stills which … Continue reading Jack Carter (Les aventures tumultueuses de Jack Carter)

Larry Miller

Created by Edward J. Lakso and Stanley Roberts "He's been beaten up, almost run over by a car, accused of an inter-racial romance, and beaten up again... all for a client he doesn't even have." -- from an ad in TV Guide In The Pigeon (1969), his TV-movie debut, a pre-Candy Man Sammy Davis Jr. … Continue reading Larry Miller

Coming Distractions

Film/TV Editor Chris Baldemor is On the Case Our film and TV editor Chris Baldemor has been sending me leads for years, and he's relentless in his search for P.I. gold--and garbage. The world is truly his beat... and what he comes back with is astounding. And sometimes a little frightening. And sometimes the lead … Continue reading Coming Distractions