“Rock” Dugan

Created by Stephen Brett Pseudonym of Stephen Mertz Other pseudonyms include Jim Case, and  pseudonyms Jack Buchanan, Cliff Garnett, Don Pendleton and Dick Stivers (1947--) Published under the pen name of Stephen Brett (a wink to Brett Holliday), prolific pulpster and Men's Adventure writer Steve Mertz’s first book was a P.I. paperback original, Some Die Hard. It … Continue reading “Rock” Dugan

Kilroy

Created by Stephen Mertz Other pseudonyms include Stephen Brett, Jim Case, and house pseudonyms Jack Buchanan, Cliff Garnett, Don Pendleton and Dick Stivers (1947--) "I like Denver well enough, all things considered." -- Kilroy. Not susceptible to Rocky Mountain Highs (Cold in the Ground) "KILROY IS HERE!" is the obvious tagline for this equally obvious but solidly entertaining throwback of … Continue reading Kilroy

Rick Malone

Created by Michael Pool "When I was first getting into this business, nobody bothered to tell me I’d spend most of my days pissing into bottles and waiting around." When we first meet young Denver private investigator RICK MALONE in the 2020 short story "In for a Penny," he's musing at length on the importance and rules … Continue reading Rick Malone

Milo March

Created by M.E. Chaber Pseudonym of Kendell Foster Crossen Other pseudonyms include Bennett Barlay, Christopher Monig, Richard Foster & Clay Richards (1910-1981) MILO MARCH, a former employee of both the OSS and the CIA before becoming a high-flying, globetrotting investigator for Denver-based Intercontinental Innsurance, appeared in over twenty fast-paced books by M.E. Chaber. Later in … Continue reading Milo March

Streeter

Created by Michael Stone One of the more promising eyes of the nineties, Michael Stone's Denver bounty hunter and sometime private eye STREETER is just a pile of exes. He's an ex-linebacker, an ex-accountant, an ex-bouncer, an ex-husband (four times) and an ex-fiancé (three times). And he works out of an ex-church. Obviously, judging from … Continue reading Streeter

“The Dover Affair”

A short story by Dave Zeltserman From the Files of Johnny Lane Fall 2002 It was eight thirty in the morning. I still had a half hour before my meeting with Tom Morton, so I gave Eddie Braggs a call. Eddie's my editor at the Denver Examiner. He didn't seem his usual self, though. He acted … Continue reading “The Dover Affair”

Johnny Lane

Created by Dave Zeltserman Pseudonyms include Jacob Stone Seemingly just another down-and-out P.I., Denver's JOHNNY LANE displays some surprisingly dark depths (Gary Lovisi calls them "Jim Thompson-dark," although I remain unconvinced) in the well-received self-published debut, In His Shadow (2002). In a more original twist, Johnny also writes a monthly column, "Fast Lane," about his … Continue reading Johnny Lane

Jack McEvoy

Created by Michael Connelly When we first meet JACK McEVOY in The Poet (1996), he's a tabloid reporter for Denver's Rocky Mountain News, and murder is his beat. But when his brother, a cop, commits suicide, he really throws himself into his work. He decides to do a feature on police suicide and stumbles across … Continue reading Jack McEvoy

Billy Bob Holland & The Holland Family Saga

Created by James Lee Burke Writer James Lee Burke, best known for Cajun almost-P.I. Dave Robicheaux has another crack with Deaf Smith, Texas attorney BILLY BOB HOLLAND. Like his more famous creation, Billy Bob is a troubled gent, haunted by the violence of his ancestors (a few of whom have starred in books of their … Continue reading Billy Bob Holland & The Holland Family Saga

Jane Avery

Created by Cynthia St. Aubin Habitual liar JANE AVERY isn't a private eye. She's a lawyer. Or at least she's hoping to be. No, Jane's no shamus. But her mother is. In fact, her mother, Alexis Avery, may be "the most imaginatively duplicitous private eye in Denver." Where do you think Jane learned to lie … Continue reading Jane Avery