Jack Morgan, Peter Knight, Dan Carter, Chris Schneider, Craig Gisto, Santosh Wagh, Joey Montague et al (Private)

Created by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro, Mark Sullivan, Mark Pearson, Michael White, Ashwin Sanghi, Rees Jones, Jassy Mackenzie et al I've heard so many bad and even cruel things from writers and readers whom I generally respect about James Patterson's writing--tempered by equally effusive but vague praise by diehard fans--that I really had little real … Continue reading Jack Morgan, Peter Knight, Dan Carter, Chris Schneider, Craig Gisto, Santosh Wagh, Joey Montague et al (Private)

Ford Morgan & Roy Shepherd

Created by Michael Collins In 1995's The Cadillac Cowboy, Michael Collins gave us not one, but two intriguing detective characters to add to our list. While neither LANGFORD "FORD" MORGAN or ROY ROGERS SHEPHERD are actually private eyes per se, they're both far too good at what they do to be dismissed as mere amateurs. And … Continue reading Ford Morgan & Roy Shepherd

Devil Barnett

Created by Teddy Hayes DEVIL BARNETT isn't really a P.I., at least initially, but he sure as hell acts like one. When we first meet him, in 1998's Blood Red Blues, he's an ex-CIA wet-ops agent (ie: assassin) who inherited his dad's Harlem bar. According to the overblown press release I received, he's "a modern … Continue reading Devil Barnett

Rick Harper

Created by David Mazroff(1907-82) San Francisco-based RICK HARPER is a "big, tough, hard" private eye whom the police seem to respect, and even turn to, when they just can't seem to crack a case. He appeared a few times in the crime digests of the early seventies. He's six feet tall, thirty years of age, … Continue reading Rick Harper

Jefferson Keyes (Cool Million)

Created by Larry Cohen “I’m not a detective. I simply look for solutions to rather large problems.” JEFFERSON KEYES (played by James Farentino) was an enterprising former CIA agent who set himself up in business as a private eye (although he prefers "troubleshooter"), willing to take any case or solve any problem--for a flat fee … Continue reading Jefferson Keyes (Cool Million)

Vera Kelly

Created by Rosalie Knecht Her debut in 2018's genre-and-gender flipping Who is Vera Kelly?, a wonky mish-mash that hits the sweet spot somewhere between The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Bridget Jones' Diary, knocked a lot of critics and readers back on their heels. The titular heroine was, of course, VERA KELLY, a sassy young … Continue reading Vera Kelly

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

Bobby Cain & Harper McCoy

Created by D.P. Lyle Okay, so BOBBY CAIN and HARPER McCOY aren't your usual male/female duo of crimefighters -- they're brother and sister. More or less. "Adopted" and raised as siblings by a itinerant group of hustlers, scam artists, tramps and thieves that was at various times called "a family, a clan or a gypsy … Continue reading Bobby Cain & Harper McCoy

Jake Longly

Created by D.P. Lyle "Ray was of the opinion that running a bar and chasing bikinis was not a career. I disagreed." -- Deep Six I dunno. There's so much about JAKE LONGLY that seems, well, calculated. As though the author, D.P. Lyle, was working his way down a checklist of 1980s television P.I. tropes or … Continue reading Jake Longly