James Hazell (Hazell)

Created by P.B. Yuill Joint pseudonym of Gordon Williams and Terry Venables "My name is James Hazell and I'm the biggest bastard who ever pushed your bell-button." -- from Hazell Plays Solomon When cocky Cockney private eye JAMES HAZELL first showed up in 1974 in the novel The Boneless Keeper, it opened up a whole … Continue reading James Hazell (Hazell)

Jack Carter (Les aventures tumultueuses de Jack Carter)

Created by Sylvie Lussier and Pierre Poirier Non-Montrealers may think the lead character in the Radio-Canada private eye TV show Les aventures tumultueuses de Jack Carter is some sort of hands-across-the-water homage to Michael Caine's character in the iconic 1971 Brit noir Get Carter. But they'd be wrong. It's all given away by numerous publicity stills which … Continue reading Jack Carter (Les aventures tumultueuses de Jack Carter)

Si Reardon

Created by Sidney Williams Private eye or assassin? In SI REARDON's debut appearance, 2020's Fool's Run, it's kinda hard to tell. Si's not exactly doing well--he's divorced, his ex has custody of their daughter, and career opportunities are the ones that never knocks for a disgraced ex-cop just out of prison (for shooting his partner). And then … Continue reading Si Reardon

Pericles “Perry” Christo

Created by Lee Child, Mary Higgins Clark, John Connolly, Charlaine Harris, CJ Box, Mark Billingham, Lawrence Block, Ken Bruen, Alafair Burke, Stephen L. Carter, Marcia Clark, Max Allan Collins, James Grady, Heather Graham, Bryan Gruley, Val McDermid, SJ Rozan, Dana Stabenow, Lisa Unger, and Sarah Weinman. Yet another of those sprawling, episodic, collaborative mystery efforts … Continue reading Pericles “Perry” Christo

Chet and Bernie Little

Created by Spencer Quinn Pseudonym of Peter Abrahams A clever update on Norbert Davis' Doan and Carstairs dog-and-dick team, Spencer Quinn's CHET AND BERNIE series goes the old pulpster one better: the stories are actually narrated by the pooch. And the ever-upbeat, irrepressible Chet has quite the voice, pragmatic and non-judgemental, but in its own … Continue reading Chet and Bernie Little

Julian “Digger” Burroughs/Devlin “Trace” Tracy/Daedulus Patrick Murphy

Created by Warren Murphy (1933-2015) "It's a bubble that's gonna break, it's Murphy's law..." --theme song lyrics, sung by Al Jarreau I'm sorry, but there's just no sense listing these guys separately. Warren Murphy wrote them all, and they're all basically the same guy, especially the first two, JULIAN "DIGGER" BURROUGHS and DEVLIN "TRACE" TRACY. … Continue reading Julian “Digger” Burroughs/Devlin “Trace” Tracy/Daedulus Patrick Murphy

Kelly Pruett

Created by Mary Keliikoa "Portland, Oregon has as many parts as the human anatomy. Like the  body, some are more attractive than others." Add Portland, Oregon's KELLY PRUETT to the small but ever-growing pool of Mom P.I.s. In a genre where so many protagonists are apparently incapable of reproduction, despite active (or even hyper-active) sex … Continue reading Kelly Pruett

Michael Brennen

Created by Fred Zackel "Playing detective is like being a gravedigger. There's always dirt to be dug up, people willing to pay to have it dug up. But what kind of a man wants to spend his life scrounging for human rot six feet underground?" -- Brennen in Cocaine and Blue Eyes Middle-aged San Francisco … Continue reading Michael Brennen

Nils Shapiro

Created by Matt Goldman Minneapolis private eye NILS SHAPIRO used to be a cop. And a husband. Now he's neither. He's getting by, coasting on being a smart-ass, but he's still very much feeling the loss of both. Even though he knows he shouldn't. Yeah, it's familiar territory for the shamus game, but author Matt Goldman breathes … Continue reading Nils Shapiro

Alex Rasmussen

Created by David Daniel ALEX RASMUSSEN used to be a cop in the industrial town of Lowell, Massachusetts, a town almost as battered and beat down as  he is. His dismissal from the force and a divorce have left him a little dazed, not to mention lonely and occasionally a little too fond of drink. … Continue reading Alex Rasmussen