McShan

Created by Stephen Mertz Other pseudonyms include Stephen Brett, Jim Case, and house pseudonyms Jack Buchanan, Cliff Garnett, Don Pendleton and Dick Stivers (1947--) "McShan! I want a report!" -- Agatha's refrain Prolific pulpster (and huge P.I. fan) Stephen Mertz's very first novel was Some Die Hard (which introduced Denver gumshoe "Rock" Dugan). It was published back in 1979, but it … Continue reading McShan

Miles Huerdeen

Created by Bentley Little (1960--) Given the uber-popularity of television's The Walking Dead, it would be easy to slag The Walking off as a rip-off, except... horror writer Bentley Little's 2000 zombie novel not only predates the popular TV show and its myriad spin-offs and clones, but it actually also predates the comic book series by … Continue reading Miles Huerdeen

Nameless (Bentley Little)

Created by Bentley Little (1960--) "Trinidad was still alive when I found him. Barely." -- the opening of "Bumblebee" Two things set this medium-boiled, quietly activist private eye and NAMELESS apart: one, his mean streets are actually the sun-scorched highways and palm-lined byways of modern Phoenix and environs, and two, amid the “routine” murders, political … Continue reading Nameless (Bentley Little)

Fred J. Dodge

(1854-1938) Born in Butte County in California in 1854, FRED J. DODGE grew up in Sacramento, and became a detective for Wells Fargo, working for them for over fifty years, much of it undercover, in California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma. There's no doubt Dodge got around. While working in Tombstone, Arizona in 1879, … Continue reading Fred J. Dodge

Mac Tuff

Created by George Snyder MAC TUFF? You're shitting me, right? At least, that was my first response. Gotta be parody, right? But upon further investigation, maybe not so much. Author George Snyder is serious. Mac Tuff is his new P.I. character; a sort of cross between Travis McGee and Honey West. Yeah, Mac's a woman. … Continue reading Mac Tuff