Lane Holland

Created by Shelley Burr Police academy dropout LANE HOLLAND figured he could make a decent living working cold cases as a private investigator, and in his crackling debut, Wake (2022), it looks like he’s come up with a case that’s both very cold and very lucrative. Nineteen years ago, young Evelyn McCreery vanished from her … Continue reading Lane Holland

Fitch Henry Haut

Created by Dietrich Kalteis FITCH HENRY HAUT isn’t a P.I., but he should be. And maybe he would be, if he could hang around for more than one book. But that doesn’t seem likely. The prognosis for Fitch is grim. When we meet him in his one and likely only appearance, 2022’s noirish action thriller Nobody from … Continue reading Fitch Henry Haut

Jackson Gamble

Created by Gregory Stout It’s just another wandering daughter job, but somehow, newbie P.I. writer Stout makes it work in Lost Little Girl (2021). In his debut, down-scale Nashville gumshoe and day drinker JACKSON GAMBLE is hot on the trail of Gabrielle Hawkins, a missing 14-year-old. The detective figures she’s just another runaway, but her Bible-toting … Continue reading Jackson Gamble

Harry Lake

Created by Peter H. Fine Pseudonym of Robert R. Irvine Other pseudonyms include Peter Heath, Val Davis (1936 --) HARRY LAKE is an ex-Beverly Hill Cop, ex-POW and ex-husband slowly going broke trying to sell luxury boats in Troubled Waters, a 1981 PBO full of Carter-era mailaise. Surprisingly, given his name andf occupation, doesn't live … Continue reading Harry Lake

Jason Coulter

Created by J.R. (John) Levitt For a while there, back in the eighties, I was asking myself "Is this a new trend or what?" Private eyes in the Land of The Latter Day Saints? Down these clean streets a Mormon must go? For a brief shake, it certainly looked like it. Along with Moroni Traveler … Continue reading Jason Coulter

Rick Bishop

Created by Larry Darter RICK BISHOP is a former cop turned easy-going Honolulu private eye created by Larry Darter, who specializes in divorce investigations or anything else that doesn't seem too taxing. Along with his two buddies Joe Rose and Koko Mahelona, he gets into assorted Magnum-like antics. Even his creator/publisher refers to him as a "half-boiled defective … Continue reading Rick Bishop

Garth Frederickson

Created by George C. Chesbro (1940-2008) A series of short stories featuring GARTH FREDERICKSON, a former NYPD lieutenant now pounding the pavement as a private investigator in Cairn, New York, a Big Apple suburb. If Garth's last name, or his creator's identity ring a bell, it's because Garth's "weird little brother" is world-renown criminalogist/private eye … Continue reading Garth Frederickson

Cassie Holland (Cassie & Co.)

Created by Nigel McKeand, Abram S. Ginnes & Howard Berk By the early eighties, most of the Rat Pack and its various hanger-ons were starting to show their age, but they still had enough industrial clout and retro cool to have various projects green-lit on their names alone. That seems to be the case with … Continue reading Cassie Holland (Cassie & Co.)

Harold “Shill” Shillman (One Shoe Makes It Murder)

Created by Eric Bercovici Some P.I.'s are thick-headed, and some are pretty down on their luck, but alcoholic, divorced, impotent sad sack ex-cop HAROLD "SHILL" SHILLMAN may take the cake. In his only appearance in print, So Little Cause For Caroline (1980), he not only tries to take his own life with a gun, but the … Continue reading Harold “Shill” Shillman (One Shoe Makes It Murder)

Tom Sipowicz (The Polish Dragon)

Created by Steve Zimcosky TOM SIPOWICZ grew up in Cleveland, attending St. Stanislaus Elementary, Albert Bushnell Hart Junior High and South High School before being drafted into the Army, where he served as an MP. After being discharged, he joined the Cleveland cops, retired after thirty years to set up his own Polish Dragon Investigations, in … Continue reading Tom Sipowicz (The Polish Dragon)