Dennis Lynds

Pseudonyms include Michael Collins, William Arden, John Crowe, Robert Hart Davis, Carl Dekker, Mark Sadler, Sheila Lynds, Sheila McErlean, John Douglas, Walter DallasHouse pseudonyms include Nick Carter, Brett Halliday, Don Pendleton, Maxwell Grant(1924-2005) "I just ask questions."September 29, 2002, Santa Barbara Book Festival "I write mysteries to say something, not just for entertainment."Santa Barbara News-Press, 1982. … Continue reading Dennis Lynds

Ed Gray (The Buena Costa County series)

Created by John Crowe Pseudonym  of Dennis Lynds (1924-2005) ED GRAY is the private eye hero of book number four, 1975's Crooked Shadows (and possibly a few others), in John Crowe's Buena Costa County series, a string of six novels set in a fictional jurisdiction along the southern California Coast, just north of Los Angeles that is … Continue reading Ed Gray (The Buena Costa County series)

“Slot Machine” Kelly

Created by Dennis Lynds (1924-2005) Dennis Lynds' one-armed misfit New York City private peeper "SLOT MACHINE" KELLY was the dry run for later, more successful one-armed misfit New York City private peeper Dan Fortune, which he wrote under his Michael Collins pseudonym. "Slot" showed up in a baker's dozen of short stories, mostly in Mike Shayne Mystery … Continue reading “Slot Machine” Kelly

Kane Jackson

Created by William Arden Pseudonym of Dennis Lynds (1924-2005) KANE JACKSON is a former MP turned industrial security and corporate counter-espionage specialist, with a hard-earned reputation for competence and getting the job done, tempered only a little by fleeting moments of compassion--a stark contrast to many of the author's other series detectives. He appeared in five … Continue reading Kane Jackson

Dennis Lynds (1924-2005)

The Mystery Community Pays Its Respects... (August 21, 2005) I just heard that Dennis Lynds has passed away. Man, I loved that guy. I was just going to drop him a line to check out what I did to his little state-of-the-union address he so kindly offered to this site, and to thank him for … Continue reading Dennis Lynds (1924-2005)

Dan Fortune Has His Say (Dan’s Last Words)

As told to Dennis Lynds/Michael Collins EDITOR'S NOTE: Dennis had offered to write something for this site for a while, and finally contributed this fictional mini-rant by his politically outspoken private eye Dan Fortune in the summer of 2005, shortly before his death. In transferring it from our old site, I had a chance to … Continue reading Dan Fortune Has His Say (Dan’s Last Words)

Paul Shaw

Created by Mark Sadler Pseudonym of Dennis Lynds "Brass knuckles and bottles in the drawer are out. We're Madison Avenue, not Tenth Avenue..." -- Thayer explains the firm's image... "We all do what we must, even though we don't know why..." -- Paul philosophizes Tall, handsome, well-dressed PAUL SHAW is every inch the polished NYC … Continue reading Paul Shaw

Dan Fortune

Created by Michael Collins Pseudonym of Dennis Lynds "We are a species that preys on itself. We live on our own kind, hunt each other. That's what I wanted to tell the girl who faced me across the desk in the office part of my one-room loft, but I didn't. I told her what the … Continue reading Dan Fortune

Ford Morgan & Roy Shepherd

Created by Michael Collins In 1995's The Cadillac Cowboy, Michael Collins gave us not one, but two intriguing detective characters to add to our list. While neither LANGFORD "FORD" MORGAN or ROY ROGERS SHEPHERD are actually private eyes per se, they're both far too good at what they do to be dismissed as mere amateurs. And … Continue reading Ford Morgan & Roy Shepherd

My Scrapbook: The Dan Fortune Game

An Expansion for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine Game Ellery Queen, as the joint pseudonym of Frederic Dannay and Manfred Bennington Lee, is cool. The magazine? The countless collections? These guys are top notch, legendary--an undeniably major influence on not just the Shamus Game, but the whole mystery genre. But Ellery Queen, their erudite, educated amateur sleuth, … Continue reading My Scrapbook: The Dan Fortune Game