Rick Shannon/Buddy Miles

Created by Bill Fitzhugh Goofmeister Bill Fitzhugh's Radio Activity (2004) introduced RICK SHANNON, an out-of-work DJ whose new job at a small FM classic rock station in a small Mississippi town turns out to be a bit of a bust--the station's under new management, the program director's disappeared and the spacious digs he's been promised turn out … Continue reading Rick Shannon/Buddy Miles

Barney Bailey

Created by Arthur Peddy (art) One and done. Like so many cookie cutter comic book private eye characters in the fifties, BARNEY BAILEY was pretty much instant toast--barely even there, and then he was gone. He appeared in exactly one (count 'em, one!) story in Crime Clinic, a crime comic that set itself apart from … Continue reading Barney Bailey

Father’s Day

Private Eyes and Their Dads "Well, Wilmer, I'm sorry indeed to lose you. But I want you to know I couldn't be fonder of you if you were my own son. But, well, if you lose a son, it's possible to get another. There's only one Maltese Falcon." Okay, it's just possible Kaspar Gutman wasn't … Continue reading Father’s Day

Robert J. Randisi

Pseudonyms include Robert Leigh, Joe Roberts,W. B. Longley, Robert Lake, Spenser Fortune, Joshua Randall, Tom Cutter, J.R. Roberts, Joseph Meek, Cole Weston, Lew Baines, Paul Ledd, Jack Hild, Spencer Fortune and Jon Sharpe House pseudonyms include Nick Carter and Warren Murphy (1951-) 'Stages of development' are for people who write one book a year. -- Bob … Continue reading Robert J. Randisi

Mike Noonan

Created by S.J. Perelman (1904-79) "She... had eyes like dusty lapis lazuli, taffy hair, and a figure that did things to me. I kicked open the bottom drawer of her desk, let two inches of rye trickle down my craw, kissed Birdie square on her lush, red mouth, and set fire to a cigarette." One of the all-time great spoofs of … Continue reading Mike Noonan

Joe Peters (Roadblock)

Created by Richard Landau (1914–93) and Geoffrey Homes Pseudonym of Daniel Mainwaring (1902-77) In Roadblock (1951), a nifty little noir full of robbery, murder, sexual obsession and a bunch of other neat stuff, JOE PETERS (Charles McGraw), a Los Angeles-based insurance investigaor who sounds like he gargles with old car parts, becomes involved with Diane … Continue reading Joe Peters (Roadblock)

Steve Silk

Created by James Brendan O'Sullivan (1919--) STEVE SILK is a former prizefighter turned un-licensed P.I., working out of what appears to be New York City, in a string of novels that ran for almost two decades, starting in 1945 with Death Came Late. Quick with a wisecrack and quicker with his fists, he dresses well … Continue reading Steve Silk

Michael Flynn (Flynn)

Created by Lyal Brown Another popular series from The Mystery Project on the CBC was Flynn, which enjoyed a 13-episode run in the mid-1990's.  In this one, MICHAEL FLYNN is a part-time private detective living on his boat in Vancouver.  A middle-aged drop-out from UBC Law School, he now lives on the Blarney Boy, a weather-beaten … Continue reading Michael Flynn (Flynn)

Sorry, pal…

Most likely it's not your fault. You haven't broken the internet. Chances are, the page you're looking for doesn't exist. At least not yet. Or at least not here. Maybe I changed the title. Maybe I simply zigged when I should have zagged. Maybe the page isn't quite ready for prime time. But most likely, you're … Continue reading Sorry, pal…