Joe Grundy

Created by Marc Strange So there I am, feeling homesick. And then Marc Strange's Sucker Punch (2007) arrived at my door. As the editor of this site, and a sometime-reviewer, my mailbox is often full of treasures, and nothing delights this Canadien errant more than a package from home, and this one was from Toronto's … Continue reading Joe Grundy

Jed “Hammerhead” Ounstead

Created by A.J. Devlin Fed up with the pro wrestling circuit, JED "HAMMERHEAD" OUNSTEAD hangs up his tights and goes to work as a bouncer at , and helping out with  "some of the leg work from time to time" at his dad Frank's Vancouver, B.C. detective agency in Cobra Clutch (2018). It's a rollicking, good-natured … Continue reading Jed “Hammerhead” Ounstead

Gord Stewart

Created by John McFetridge "Why not, as a location scout I spend my life finding things that people believe are something else; a bar in Toronto is in New York, the front of a house propped up on an empty lot in Oshawa is a haunted house in Maine in 1955, half of downtown is … Continue reading Gord Stewart

Hard, Tough and More Than a Little Nasty

Martin Brett's Mike Garfin Novels An Overview by Kevin Burton Smith For a homesick Montréaler like me, Stark House's 2006 reprinting of The Deadly Dames (originally published in 1956) and A Dum-Dum for the President (1961), the third and fourth books to feature ma ville's greatest private eye, Martin Brett's Michel "Mike" Garfin, provides an embarrassment … Continue reading Hard, Tough and More Than a Little Nasty

Tom Aragon

Created by Margaret Millar (1915-94) A young Chicano lawyer who values his independence and often ends up doing his own investigating, TOM ARAGON, was one of Margaret Millar's's few P.I characters, but she must have liked him -- he was the hero of three novels. A junior partner in a swank southern California law firm, … Continue reading Tom Aragon

Squire Adams

Created by Horace Brown Pseudonyms include  (1908-96) SQUIRE ADAMS only appeared in one story, The Penthouse Killings (1950), but it was an action-packed novel with several clever twists. The entire book takes place in a single day, and Squire has until 5 pm to solve a murder case or he will lose his New York … Continue reading Squire Adams

Lew Archer

Created by Ross Macdonald Pseudonym.  of Kenneth Millar, aka John Ross Macdonald, John Macdonald (1915-83) "I hear voices crying in the night, and I go see what's the matter." -- Lew Archer The greatest P.I. series ever written? Probably. LEW ARCHER stands with The Continental Op, Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe as one of the … Continue reading Lew Archer