Sharon McCone

Created by Marcia Muller (1944--) "Marcia Muller is the founding mother of the contemporary female hard-boiled private eye." -- Sue Grafton Generally credited with being the first liberated female private detective of the modern era, Marcia Muller's SHARON McCONE paved the way for the subsequentsuccess of Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone, Sara Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski, Laura Lippmann's … Continue reading Sharon McCone

Harry Kilmer (The Yakuza)

Created by Paul & Leonard Schrader and Robert Towne "A man never forgets. A man pays his debts." -- from the poster.  Imagine Chandler writing a samurai flick... In this forgotten classic from the mid-seventies, Robert Mitchum is HARRY KILMER, an aging former G.I., and sometime P.I. (his past is suitably murky), set loose in … Continue reading Harry Kilmer (The Yakuza)

Cassie Holland (Cassie & Co.)

Created by Nigel McKeand, Abram S. Ginnes & Howard Berk By the early eighties, most of the Rat Pack and its various hanger-ons were starting to show their age, but they still had enough industrial clout and retro cool to have various projects green-lit on their names alone. That seems to be the case with … Continue reading Cassie Holland (Cassie & Co.)

Harold “Shill” Shillman (One Shoe Makes It Murder)

Created by Eric Bercovici Some P.I.'s are thick-headed, and some are pretty down on their luck, but alcoholic, divorced, impotent sad sack ex-cop HAROLD "SHILL" SHILLMAN may take the cake. In his only appearance in print, So Little Cause For Caroline (1980), he not only tries to take his own life with a gun, but the … Continue reading Harold “Shill” Shillman (One Shoe Makes It Murder)

Harry James Denton

Created by Steven Womack "That's 'Doctor Babe' to you." - Marsha advises Harry on the proper way to address her Former newspaperman HARRY JAMES DENTON is a Nashville cat who now makes his daily bread as a low-rent Nashville P.I., picking up whatever crumbs he can, be it repo work, workmen's comp fraud cases or other … Continue reading Harry James Denton

Inch High (Inch High, Private Eye)

Created by Hanna-Barbera INCH HIGH, "the world's biggest little detective," was the hero of Inch High, Private Eye, a goofy 1972 Hanna Barbera Saturday morning cartoon for kids. Resplendent in a bright green trencgcoat and matching fedora, his real power came from his ability to shrink down to the height of one inch, thanks to … Continue reading Inch High (Inch High, Private Eye)

John Francis Cuddy

Created by Jeremiah Healy (1948-2014) Private investigator JOHN FRANCIS CUDDY is based in Boston and, at least in the early novels, seemed to have been based quite clearly on that 1980's Boston success story Spenser. He grew up in the Irish-American neighborhood of South Boston, educated by the Jesuits at Holy Cross College, and served in … Continue reading John Francis Cuddy

Dennis Chase (21 Beacon Street)

Created by Leonard Heideman (1928-2007) Quiet, humble DENNIS CHASE (good name, that, if maybe a trifle too on-the-nose, for a P.I.) was the mild-mannered hero of 21 Beacon Street, a short-lived television show on NBC that sounded like a 77 Sunset Strip clone, but wasn't. The bow tie might have been a clue. Instead, it followed … Continue reading Dennis Chase (21 Beacon Street)

Harry Dickinson

Created by David Black There have been plenty of attempts over the years to recast Don Quixote as a private eye. Possibly because the private eye is such an easy target, a big ass cliche just waiting to be lampooned (or harpooned), there has been no shortage of gentle parodies of the genre featuring mentally … Continue reading Harry Dickinson

Len Buonfiglio

Created by Brian Silverman Freedom Drop (2021) introduces ex-Marine and former New York bar owner "with a few miles on him" LEN BUONFIGLIO, in what could be a great series, full of solid characters and sparkling with local colour. Recently divorced and tired of the Big Apple life, he packed up and moved to the small … Continue reading Len Buonfiglio