Aloysius Archer

Created by David Baldacci It's 1949, and rough-and-tumble WWII vet ALOYSIUS ARCHER is a hard-luck drifter and a total shit magnet, freshly sprung from Carderock Prison, when he hits the road in  One Good Deed (2019), a sly, noirish change of pace from  the #1 New York Times bestselling author Baldacci. His parole conditions are pretty … Continue reading Aloysius Archer

Henry Lee (The Law and Mr. Lee)

Created by John Wirth The Law and Mr. Lee, a TV show tentatively scheduled for the 2003-04-05 season but so far unaired, focuses on an Oakland-based private eye HENRY LEE, played by Danny Glover. Lee is a former Oakland police officer who spent 18 months in prison for "protecting a fellow officer" (that's a crime?). … Continue reading Henry Lee (The Law and Mr. Lee)

John Kenneth Galbraith Jantarro

Created by Simon Ritchie Pseudonym of Simon Fodden ''And then I saw, nursing at her breast, the Magnum. Squat and ugly...it offered its black mouth to her, hungry beyond all possibility of feeding." -- Yikes! (The Hollow Woman) Toronto insurance investigator JOHN KENNETH GALBRATH JANTARRO (now there's a world-class monicker!) lost a hand and part … Continue reading John Kenneth Galbraith Jantarro

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), allegedly hard-boiled 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, … 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

Val Lyon

Created by Mark Troy VAL LYON is a Honolulu private eye who gets around. She's an ex-cop, an ex-con and an ex-pro basketball player, and she isn't afraid of a little fun. She participates in ocean canoeing competitions, takes skydiving lessons, and she's still a hotshot on the court. She's also headstrong and competitive, and … Continue reading Val Lyon

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