Tony Cassella

Created by Larry Beinhart Brooklyn's TONY CASSELLA has an extremely flexible set of ethics and "half a law degree from Yale" (he dropped out of law school, figuring on a more hands-on occupation). But there was a hiring freeze in the Police Department at the time, so he opted for the corrections department, where he … Continue reading Tony Cassella

Nick Delvecchio

Created by Robert J. Randisi (1951--) Classic P.I. fiction. With the works. Robert Randisi's hot dog-loving private eye NICK DELVECCHIO hails from Brooklyn. Sure, his buddies tell him things are greener on the other side of the river, but Nick keeps it real with an office on Sacket Street, just a short walk from the … Continue reading Nick Delvecchio

Anthony Hester & Julian Simms

Created by Nick Ball and John Niven "No, you can't play the African fruitbat card!" In the 2011 cinematic cheesefest, Cat Run, failed chef ANTHONY HESTER and his best bud, perpetually horny party boy JULIAN SIMMS, decide to open up a detective agency in Montenegro, because of course with a background like that, what else would … Continue reading Anthony Hester & Julian Simms

Joseph Burke

Created by Robert B. Parker (1932-2010) The creator of Spenser just couldn't seem to keep his paws off the past. His occasional forays into the past, including his fresh stab at the legend of Wyatt Earp (2001's Gunman's Rhapsody) and his period-piece dabblings with Chandler's Marlowe (Poodle Springs and Perchance To Dream) had been generally … Continue reading Joseph Burke


Created by Peter Heller Pushing seventy, elegant, swellegant city gal and artist CELINE is pretty much set in her ways. She's carved out a niche for herself as an ace tracker of missing persons, which pays for her tiny but cozy apartment at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, and the finer things in life, like … Continue reading Celine

Shamus McCoy

Created by Barry Beckerman Burt Reynolds plays Burt Reynolds who plays a former pool hustler-turned Brooklyn private eye and barfly SHAMUS McCOY in 1973's Burtsploitation comedy/action flick Shamus, a confused film that can't decide if it's fromage or hommage. So they try to have it both ways. There's a lot of smirky, wink-wink humour that hasn't … Continue reading Shamus McCoy

Lionel Essrog (Motherless Brooklyn)

Created by Jonathan Lethem "Tell your story walkin', pal." When we last encountered author Jonathan Lethem in the P.I. waters, he was amusing us with various pistol-packing marsupials in Gun, With Occasional Music (1995), a wide-open sci-fi spoof/parody/tribute of the private eye genre, featuring private inquisitor Conrad Metcalf, or spinning metafictional tall tales about a … Continue reading Lionel Essrog (Motherless Brooklyn)