Jim Sader

Created by Dolores Hitchens Pseudonym of Julia Clara Catherine Maria Dolores Robins Other pseudonyms include D.B. Olsen, Dolan Birkeley, Noel Burke (1907-73) "The carhop came and thanked him for the tip and took the tray away. As she walked into the light her legs shone like silk below the fluffy skirt, and Sader yawned, and … Continue reading Jim Sader

Alice Vaughan (The Catch)

Created by Allan Heinberg, Jennifer Schuur & Helen Gregory Based on a treatment by Kate Atkinson So there was this TV show, The Catch (not to be confused with a failed 2005 pilot of the same title), executive produced by TV miracle worker Shonda Rhimes (which seems to be her only contribution to the project). But, … Continue reading Alice Vaughan (The Catch)

Bill Rye

Created by John Spain Pseudonym of Cleve F. Adams (1895-1949) John Spain's BILL RYE is a cynical op whose description will probably remind you of Hammett's description of Sam Spade (or at least that's who I was reminded of). Rye works for a Los Angeles  detective agency run by a gent named Callahan, who raised … Continue reading Bill Rye

Al Delaney

Created by Thomas B. Black (1910-93) Battered and scarred AL DELANEY is an op for the Redman Detective Agency in Chancellor City (don't waste yot time looking it up--it's ficticious). When the boss, ol' Giles Redman himself, bites the big one and gets murdered in the first book, The Whitebird Murders (1946), Al (with the … Continue reading Al Delaney

Elliot & T.C. Cooper (Quick and Quiet)

Created by Bruce Kalish & Sam Bobrick "Being dead ain't easy..."--official tagline A reboot of a failed pilot from the previous year, Landon, Landon and Landon, Quick and Quiet aired on August 8th, 1981. It was CBS' second pilot to feature William Windom playing a dead private eye, but this time his name was THADDEUS CHARLES “T.C.” … Continue reading Elliot & T.C. Cooper (Quick and Quiet)

The McGurk Organisation

Created by E.W. Hildick (1925–2001) Adult private eye fans have plenty of books to choose from, kids have THE MCGURK ORGANISATION. It's that simple. Their comic adventures appeared in a long-running and popular series of books aimed squarely at 9-12 year olds, from 1973 to 1996, by British author E.W. Hildick. JACK P. McGURK, a ten-year-old … Continue reading The McGurk Organisation

Remington Steele & Laura Holt (Remington Steele)

Created by Michael Gleason and Robert Butler "Try this for a deep dark secret: The great detective Remington Steele... He doesn't exist. I invented him. Follow: I'd always loved excitement, So I studied and apprenticed, and put my name on an office. But absolutely no one knocked on my door. A female private investigator seemed … Continue reading Remington Steele & Laura Holt (Remington Steele)

Dorothy Skelf, Janny Skelf & Hannah Skelf (The Skelfs)

Created by Doug Johnstone They are women--hear them roar. Tere have been some strange families in the Shamus Game over the years, from the duplicitous, fractious Spellmans of San Francisco and the loud, unruly British-Italian Lunghis to the enternally bickering father-son combo of the Doyles of Newfoundland, but THE SKELFS of Edinburgh, Scotland are in a class … Continue reading Dorothy Skelf, Janny Skelf & Hannah Skelf (The Skelfs)

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

S.J. Rook (The Ross Agency)

Created by Delia C. Pitts The Ross AgencyPrivate InvestigationsLost? Missing? Cheated?Your Problems--Our Solutions-- the agency's business card The Ross Agency is a tiny Harlem detective firm on the side of the angels, dedicated to offering affordable services to its clients, taking  those cases the police are too busy--or too indifferent--to solve. Things like tracking down … Continue reading S.J. Rook (The Ross Agency)