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

Johnny Merak

Created by A.J. MerakPseudonym of John S. GlasbyOther pseudonyms include include Chuck Adams, Tex Bradley, A. D. Brent, Randall Conway, Manning K. RobertsonHouse pseudonyms include James T. Elton(1928-2011)  "Somebody has to go out there and do the dirty work, Dawn, or the world will never be a clean place to live in."-- The Savage City JOHNNY … Continue reading Johnny Merak

Frank and Steve Faraday (Faraday and Co.)

Created by Ken Pettus After spending twenty-eight years in a Caribbean jail for a crime he didn't commit (the murder of his partner), FRANK FARADAY (played by the movies' likable 40's song-and-dance man Dan Dailey) busts out and heads back home to Los Angeles... to a family he doesn't know anymore, on the short-lived series, Farady … Continue reading Frank and Steve Faraday (Faraday and Co.)

Boston Blackie

Created by Jack Boyle (1881-1928) "Enemy to those who make him an enemy. Friend to those who have no friend." --from the intro to the Boston Blackie radio show (1945) BOSTON BLACKIE is a rather peculiar character to include here as he wasn't a P.I. in his original incarntation at all, but a jewel thief … Continue reading Boston Blackie

Mike Fontaine (aka Danny Fontaine)

Created by William Ard Pseudonyms include Jonas Ward, Ben Kerr, Thomas Wills and Mike Moran (1922-1960) When we first meet MIKE FONTAINE, in William Ard's As Bad As I Am (1959), he's a struggling New York actor. Perhaps more struggling than most--he's just been released from prison, after serving five years for killing a man for beating a … Continue reading Mike Fontaine (aka Danny Fontaine)

Morgan Hunt

Created by Geoffrey Norman (1943--) MORGAN HUNT is an outdoorsy, manly kinda guy, an ex-con and former Green Beret working as a private eye for a crusading lawyer in Florida Panhandle in the northwest part of the state, in an excellent series of books by Geoffrey Norman that ended way too soon. Of course, like … Continue reading Morgan Hunt

Marco “The Alligator” Buratti

Created by Massimo Carlotto "I spent a large part of my life hoping to see a happy multitude achieve their dreams.  Instead, I find myself surrounded by legions of individuals who are dead inside, who are resigned to being robbed of their lives…So, in a world as cruel as this, you have to survive.  Whatever … Continue reading Marco “The Alligator” Buratti

Jake Cardigan

Created by William Shatner (1931--) When I first heard about this one, I was all set to lace into this one. I mean, Tiberius Hambone a writer? But he -- or at least Ron Goulart -- pulled it off. The first novel, TekWar (1989), which kicked off the whole franchise, was nothing earth-shattering, but decent … Continue reading Jake Cardigan

Morgan Butler

Created by David Anthony Pseudonym  of William Dale Smith In his first book appearance, 1969's The Midnight Lady and the Mourning Man, David Anthony's hard-boiled sleuth MORGAN BUTLER is a former cop and ex-farmer who reluctantly takes on a gig as a campus security officer at Jordan College in Jordan City, Ohio, as a favour … Continue reading Morgan Butler

Ted Conkaffey & Amanda Pharrell

Created by Candice Fox "My charge had been rendered ‘no billing’, meaning that the state could take it up again at any time, . . . They wanted me to slowly boil in purgatory, just above the fires of hell, hopelessly far from the clear, clean air of the earth." -- Ted in Crimson Lake. Not … Continue reading Ted Conkaffey & Amanda Pharrell