“Mac” Robinson

Created by Thomas B. Dewey Pseudonyms includeTom Brandt and Cord Wainer (1915-81) "It may be that the recent white Anglo-Saxon Christian struggle to canonize the informer will be lost in the rivers and back streets of America, where 'rat' is still spelled with three letters and the only way to save your life is to … Continue reading “Mac” Robinson

J. Howard “Jigger” Moran

Created by John Roeburt (1909-72) JIGGER MORAN is a disbarred Illinois attorney and sometime-cabbie who now cruises the streets of Manhattan at night, keeping an eye open for the main chance, when he's not shooting craps. He takes cases no honest lawyer or P.I. would touch, and is on relatively good terms with several of … Continue reading J. Howard “Jigger” Moran

Jake Lomax

Created by Michael Allegretto (1944--) The Shamus-winning Death on the Rocks (1987) introduced former Denver cop JACOB "JAKE" LOMAX who becomes a private eye after his wife is brutally murdered. Looking for a cynical, wise-cracking hero to follow? Look no further... This is yet another overlooked gem of a series from the late eighties and … Continue reading Jake Lomax

Rhonda & Baby Bird

Created by James Patterson and Candace Fox Two sisters, Colorado attorney RHONDA BIRD and her teenage half-sister sister BABY, try to make a go of the Los Angeles detective agency their late father left them. Which comes as kind of a shock, since their dad had been an accountant. But Rhonda's up to the challenge. … Continue reading Rhonda & Baby Bird

Mitch Roberts

Created by Gaylord Dold (1947-2018) Brooding MITCH ROBERTS is the hero of one of the best--and most criminally overlooked--private eye series of the 1980's. The first six books in the series were all paperback originals, the first put out by Avon, the next five by Ivy Books,  that seemed to have vanished with barely a trace. … Continue reading Mitch Roberts

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