Hannibal Smith

Created by C. William Harrison Peseudonyms include Coe Williams and Will Hickok (1913-1994) HANNIBAL SMITH (no relation to the A-Team) is a sort of troubleshooter who appeared in a handful of stories in Dime Detective in 1945-46. Ten years and ninety or so years ago, he used to be a boxer, but "fat, forty and futile," … Continue reading Hannibal Smith

Steve Midnight

Created by John K. Butler (1908-64)   Although he wasn't really a private eye, STEVE MIDNIGHT sure acted like one in the pages of Dime Detective in the 1940s. Steven Middleton Knight earned his nickname from the moneyed days of his youth when he had a rep as a "midnight playboy on a nation-wide scale." … Continue reading Steve Midnight

Cass Blue

Created by John Lawrence (1907-1970) CASS BLUE is a New York private dick who appeared in several short stories in Dime Detective back in the thirties. With his hard-ass attitude, a conveniently flexible set of morals and a blackjack on his hip, he's ready for just about anything. His pals include speakeasy owner Al Lascoine, … Continue reading Cass Blue

The Acme Indemnity Op

Created by Jan Dana Pseudonym of John Frederick Brooks Lawrence (1907-1970) Sssshhhhh.... don't tell the Hammett folks. But in 1937, Dime Detective started publishing a series of short stories featuring a nameless hard-boiled, cynical claims investigator who worked for a national insurance agency. No similarity to Hammett's very popular and influential hard-boiled, cynical Continental Op, … Continue reading The Acme Indemnity Op

Cardigan (aka “Steve Cardigan” & Jack Cardigan”)

Created by Frederick NebelPseudonyms include Grimes Hill, Lewis Nebel & Eric Lewis(1903-1966) “I said I was sorry, you want me to set it to music?” The award for most appearances by a series character in Dime Detective has to go to prolific pulpster Frederick Nebel's St. Louis private eye JACK CARDIGAN. Starting with "Death Alley" … Continue reading Cardigan (aka “Steve Cardigan” & Jack Cardigan”)

John Dalmas

Created by Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) "I felt like an amputated leg." -- "Trouble is My Business" “There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like … Continue reading John Dalmas

My Bookshelf: Four-&-Twenty Bloodhounds, edited by Anthony Boucher

My Bookshelf  Four-&-Twenty Bloodhounds, edited and with introductions by Anthony Boucher   This early anthology (1950) from the Mystery Writers of America may have seemed to be just the usual grab bag of stories from all across the genre, and indeed the cover of the original hard cover edition promised short stories "of fictional detectives... … Continue reading My Bookshelf: Four-&-Twenty Bloodhounds, edited by Anthony Boucher

Highland Park Price

Created by Dale Clark Pseudonym of Ronal Kayser Other pseudonyms include Clark Clayton (1905-88) “Your Troubles Are Over When You Tell ‘em To Me.” -- Price's business card Like more than a few private eyes from the pulps, Dale Clark's gizmo-obsessed, penny-pinching HIGHLAND PARK PRICE may not be quite as crooked as he seems. Although he … Continue reading Highland Park Price

Mike Blair

Created by Hank Searls Pseudonyms include Lee Costigan & Anthony Gray (1922-2017 ) MIKE BLAIR was a San Francisco private dick who had a short run in the later pulps. Nothing exceptional -- he was suitably hard-boiled, and despite getting knocked about on a regular basis (his creator once noted that Blair "gets beat up in … Continue reading Mike Blair

My Bookshelf: The Hardboiled Dicks

My Bookshelf The Hardboiled Dicks, edited by Ron Goulart An absolute essential for anyone who loves this stuff, Ron Goulart's 1965 The Hardboiled Dicks (my 1967 paperback reprint is the one pictured above) was one of the first collections of hard-boiled detective fiction from the thirties and forties crime and detective pulps, preceded by only … Continue reading My Bookshelf: The Hardboiled Dicks