Mike Kellerman (Homicide: Life on the Street)

Homicide: Life on the Street TV developed for television by Paul AttanasioBased on the non-fiction book by David SimonKellerman character created by Tom Fontana "There's more cheating in Baltimore than there is Kodak film."-- Kellerman waxes philosophic One of the most unexpected P.I. dramas ever aired on television has to have been two episodes plopped … Continue reading Mike Kellerman (Homicide: Life on the Street)

Steve Rockfish

Created by Ken Harris Well, it had to happen... COVID has hit the Shamus Game. And it hit Baltimore P.I. STEVE ROCKFISH particularly hard--what with lockdowns, mask laws and unruly mouthbreathers, nobody's hiring private eyes or anyone else, and nobody's going out, which means spouses prone to straying are staying home, and behaving themselves. It's … Continue reading Steve Rockfish

The Twenty-Year Death Trilogy

Created by Ariel S. Winter "I had on my good suit, a navy blue so deep it looked black, with a pressed white shirt, a red-and-blue-striped tie, a red handkerchief, and freshly polished loafers. I'd had a shower and a shave." -- Dennis Foster calls on his client, in The Falling Star "Yeah, I'd always … Continue reading The Twenty-Year Death Trilogy

Erica Jensen

Created by Debbi Mack Licence? I don't need no stinkin' licence! Playing by the rules and following orders while deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 as a Marine left ERICA JENSEN with a fucked-up back, PTSD and an addiction to painkillers, so she's decided to keep it low key. And who really needs all that tiresome … Continue reading Erica Jensen

C.T. Ferguson

 Created by Tom Fowler I'm generally not a big fan of these "instant series," where self-publishers dump a quickly written series of books on us from out of nowhere--there's no way all these guys (and they are legion) all have a stack of old manuscripts mouldering away in a box somewhere that they've accumulated over … Continue reading C.T. Ferguson

“Blondes, Blondes, Blondes!”

A short story by Jack Bludis Featuring Ken Sligo Winter 2006 "Girls, girls, girls!" I shouted out to the men looking for action on Baltimore's notorious Block. "Blondes, Brunettes, Redheads. Get 'em while they're hot!" It was 1947, two years since the war. The only men in uniform were cops and a few foreign sailors in … Continue reading “Blondes, Blondes, Blondes!”

Ken Sligo

Created by Jack Bludis KEN SLIGO is a vet recently returned from overseas, trying to scratch out a living as a rookie private eye, while he waits to become a cop (he's on the waiting list). The P.I. life may not be exactly Sligo's dream gig, but it's still better than working for his brother, … Continue reading Ken Sligo

Tess Monaghan

Created by Laura Lippman "That's what I do, I write novels about women..." -- Lippman in 2014 interview Hot shot Baltimore reporter TESS MONAGHAN unexpectedly finds herself out of work, when her paper The Baltimore Star, keels over and dies. Suddenly unemployed, Tess will take almost anything to pay the rent, including acting as a private … Continue reading Tess Monaghan