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

Nick Cranley

Created by Michael Storme Pseudonym of George H. Dawson Other pseudonyms include Michael Storm (1918-1979) The very first book featuring NICK CRANLEY, Make Mine a Shroud (1949), promised “a never-ending vortex of excitement ... tough mobs ... police that mean business; and gals that mean business too – but not the same kind," while the second suggested we'd find … Continue reading Nick Cranley

Mark Brandon

Created by Vernon Warren Pseudonym of George Warren Vernon Chapman (1925 -96) "Sleep? Who wanted to sleep, it's for permanent when you're dead, and everyone dies...." -- Brandon turns positively Marlowesque in Runaround (1958) MARK BRANDON is a Chicago P.I. who appeared in a string of rather Chandleresque British hardcovers in the late fifties, one … Continue reading Mark Brandon

Hank Janson

Created by Hank Janson Pseudonym of Stephen D. Frances "I had to kinda peel her off me. Her pointed nails seared across my back, tore skin through my thin shirt. A piece of my lip went with her and, as I gripped her bare shoulders, she was panting uncontrollably, eyes swimmy and semi-conscious. A little … Continue reading Hank Janson