Nick Sharman

Created by Mark Timlin Pseudonyms include Jim Ballantyne, Tony Williams, Brian Ritterspak (1950—) Hard-boiled South London private eye NICK SHARMAN became something of a sensation in England. He and his creator, Mark Timlin, a little sand in the Vaseline of the cozy-loving tea and crumpet mysteries of the late 1980s, both on paper and in real … Continue reading Nick Sharman

Gentlemen, Name Your Poison (II)

Dabblers, Inhalers & Other Substance-Abusing Eyes "Most of the time, sleuthing is not the most rewarding work. However, being a drug addict has its charms." -- New York eye Dick Shamus muses on his life Of course, substance abuse, particularly of the illegal variety, is nothing new for private detectives who, after all, came of age … Continue reading Gentlemen, Name Your Poison (II)

Ash McKenna

Created by Rob Hart Will work for booze. Or dope.... A seemingly eternally recovering addict and would-be hard-boiled hero with a rude wit and a Chandler-sized romantic streak, New York City’s ASH McKENNA bumbles and stumbles his way through a series of misadventures (and cities), in this winning five-novel series by Rob Hart. Make no mistake--Ash … Continue reading Ash McKenna

Josephine “Joe” Flannigan

Created by Sara Gran Recovering heroin junkie JOSEPHINE "JOE" FLANNIGAN (clean for two years!) is offered a thousand bucks in cash to find a wealthy suburban couple's runaway daughter -- which sure beats shoplifting jewelery from department stores for a living -- in Sara Gran's acclaimed 2006 standalone novel Dope. But as she prowls the … Continue reading Josephine “Joe” Flannigan