“Shot Back”

By Kieran Shea Featuring Andy Caruthers January 2009 “Surely it's not against the law to take pictures.” Georgia Warren was tall. Middle-hitter-volleyball-tall really, and gorgeous in an untouchable, wealthy sort of way. The words Barbie doll and blonde debutante bubbled to mind. My guess was some southern finishing school like Sweet Briar or Hollins, never … Continue reading “Shot Back”

“The Dybbuk Made Me Do It”

By Sarah Weinman Featuring Stuart Kovacs Fall 2006 Stuart Kovacs stumbled out of the movie theater, wondering how the hell he'd ever get back the two hours he'd just lost. He had a splitting headache and a long drive home. And he knew exactly who to blame. “I can't believe you made me watch that … Continue reading “The Dybbuk Made Me Do It”

“Out of Clay”

By Sarah Weinman Featuring Stuart Kovacs January 2006 Laura plopped the case file on his desk. "I think you'll really like this one, Stuart." "What makes you say that?" She smirked. "Trust me, you'll see." Stuart Kovacs opened the file and started to read, but only got three sentences in before the all-too-familiar feeling took … Continue reading “Out of Clay”

The Rara-Avis Top 100 Hard-Boiled Characters of the Twentieth Century (2002)

As Chosen by the Members of Rara-Avis Compliled by Joe Dante and Mark Blumenthal In March and April of 2002, the members of Rara-Avis, the web's premier disscussion group for all things hard-boiled, decided to poll its members on the The Top 100 Hard-Boiled Characters of the Twentieth Century. Readers were invited to submit their … Continue reading The Rara-Avis Top 100 Hard-Boiled Characters of the Twentieth Century (2002)

Jupiter Jones, Bob Andrews & Pete Crenshaw (The Three Investigators)

Created by Robert Arthur, Jr. (1909-1969) “The question mark is the universal symbol of something unknown. We are prepared to solve any puzzle, riddle, mystery, enigma, or conundrum which may be brought to us.” -- Jupiter Jones in The Secret of Terror Castle Purists may snicker, and suggest there's no real reason to include this … Continue reading Jupiter Jones, Bob Andrews & Pete Crenshaw (The Three Investigators)

Hector Belascoarán Shayne

Created by Paco Ignacio Taibo II (1949- ) "It was a joke. just one hell of a big joke. Thinking that he could be a detective in Mexico. It was crazy." --Hector ponders his chosen profession in An Easy Thing Mexico City's one-eyed HECTOR BELASCOARÁN SHAYNE (his mother was an Irish folksinger, and his father … Continue reading Hector Belascoarán Shayne

Dan Fortune

Created by Michael Collins Pseudonym of Dennis Lynds "We are a species that preys on itself. We live on our own kind, hunt each other. That's what I wanted to tell the girl who faced me across the desk in the office part of my one-room loft, but I didn't. I told her what the … Continue reading Dan Fortune

S.J. Rook (The Ross Agency)

Created by Delia C. Pitts The Ross AgencyPrivate InvestigationsLost? Missing? Cheated?Your Problems--Our Solutions-- the agency's business card The Ross Agency is a tiny Harlem detective firm on the side of the angels, dedicated to offering affordable services to its clients, taking  those cases the police are too busy--or too indifferent--to solve. Things like tracking down … Continue reading S.J. Rook (The Ross Agency)

Cardula

Created by Jack Ritchie  Pseudonym of John George Reitci Other pseudonyms include Steve Harbor, Steve OíConnell & Steve O'Donnell (1922-1983) Private eye CARDULA sucks! Then again, he's a vampire, so I guess allowances must be made. Bet he really enjoys sinking his teeth into a good mystery. He's the sole employee of the Cardula Detective … Continue reading Cardula

Lord Darcy

Created by Randall Garrett Pseudonyms include David Gordon, John Gordon, Darrel T. Langart, Alexander Blade, Richard Greer, Ivar Jorgensen, Clyde Mitchell, Leonard G. Spencer, S. M. Tenneshaw & Gerald Vance (1927-87) In a sort of parallel world where magic and ESP, not to mention knights and castles, co-exist peacefully alongside railroads, handguns and various other … Continue reading Lord Darcy