Oscar “Duke” Ramsey (The Duke)

Created by Stephen J. Cannell The Duke was yet another Stephen J. Cannell-produced P.I. show that flopped. In the pilot, Up Against the Odds (April 5, 1979), we meet 38-year old Chicago prizefighter OSCAR "DUKE" RAMSEY (played by Robert "The Wild, Wild West, Hawaiian Eye" Conrad), who decides--with some help from his long-time manager Benny--that … Continue reading Oscar “Duke” Ramsey (The Duke)

Ron Shade

Created by Michael A. Black This P.I. can definitely kick your ass. That's because RON SHADE is not just a tough Army vet turned tough-guy Chicago P.I.--he's a tough Army vet turned tough-guy Chicago P.I. really into competitive kickboxing. So don't get him pissed, okay? In his debut, A Killing Frost (2002), he's hired to find an … Continue reading Ron Shade

Sheba Shayne (Sheba, Baby)

Created by William Girdler and David Sheldon "Whatchu gonna do with that gun, mama?" Who's the queen of the private dicks that digs like a sex machine with all the boys? Sheba! Uh, damn right? In Sheba, Baby, the 1975 blaxploitation would-be classic that does a sex-change on Shaft, Pam Grier finally gets to let … Continue reading Sheba Shayne (Sheba, Baby)

Miles Paladon

Created by Robert J. Randisi & Kevin D. Randle 1939 Chicago shamus MILES PALADON is gunned down in a back alley but comes to on a bloody medieval battlefield, with an arrow sticking out of his chest and a bunch of Prince Valiant lookalikes calling him Prince Paladon. Yep, it's another of those "how the hell … Continue reading Miles Paladon

Johnny Maguire

Created by Richard Himmel (1920-2000) Although he's almost forgotten today, author Richard Himmel was tagged as one of the greatest hard-boiled crime writers of the Fawcett Gold Medal era, starting things off with his first book, I'll Find You in 1950, only the second book GM ever published. But the book, which introduced his series … Continue reading Johnny Maguire

My Scrapbook: Be Careful Out There!

It Ain't All Booze, Bullets and Babes...(or "How Two Wrights Make a Wrong") Folks send me stuff all the time, but this clipping sent to me from John Larsen from the January 22, 2021 Chicago Tribune just really stuck in my craw.  It's one hell of a way for a hardworking gumshoe to start off the … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Be Careful Out There!

Kalinda Sharma (The Good Wife)

Created by Michelle King and Richard King Alicia: Are you gay? Kalinda: I'm private. CBS' hit legal drama The Good Wife, which ran from 2009 until 2016) was NOT a P.I. show. But one of the major characters on it was, and for a few glorious seasons, we were treated to occasional glimpses of KALINDA SHARMAN, … Continue reading Kalinda Sharma (The Good Wife)

Ashe Cayne

Created by Ian K. Smith What is this shit? Seriously... I’m told the author is a popular TV doctor with a string of diet books and novels to his name, but this is not the genre’s finest hour. The Unspoken (2020), a proposed series launch, is inept, smugly derivative and ultimately offensive to almost anyone who … Continue reading Ashe Cayne

Matt Mercer

Created by Day Keene Pseudonym of Gunnar Hjerstedt Other pseudonyms include Lewis Dixon, William Richards, Daniel White, John Corbett & Donald King (1904-1969) "Matt Mercer had come back from the South Pacific, leaving his arm behind on some Jap-infested island until, six-thousand miles away from that hell-hole, he found that the Little Yellow sons had returned--to claim … Continue reading Matt Mercer

Tom Doyle

Created by Day Keene Pseudonym of Gunnar Hjerstedt Other pseudonyms include Lewis Dixon, William Richards, Daniel White, John Corbett & Donald King (1904-1969) TOM DOYLE is a "private agency man" for Chicago's Inter-Ocean Agency, just back from World War II,  who appeared in a string of short stories and novellas in the Detective Tales pulp. He also popped … Continue reading Tom Doyle