James Hazell (Hazell)

Created by P.B. Yuill Joint pseudonym of Gordon Williams and Terry Venables "My name is James Hazell and I'm the biggest bastard who ever pushed your bell-button." -- from Hazell Plays Solomon When cocky Cockney private eye JAMES HAZELL first showed up in 1974 in the novel The Boneless Keeper, it opened up a whole … Continue reading James Hazell (Hazell)

Roman Dalton

Created by Paul D. Brazill A bloody, sleazy and often nifty blend of detective fiction and supernatural horror, Paul D. Brazill's werewolf private eye ROMAN DALTON made his debut in a 2012 short story, "Drunk on the Moon," for the late, lamented horror mag Dark Valentine. He used to be a cop in The City, but now … Continue reading Roman Dalton

Marty Carlin (In the Blood)

Created by Paul Ledoux MARTY CARLIN worked for fifteen yeara as a detective for the Toronto cops until health problems, a botched stakeout and a dead partner had him and his wife Sharon hightailing it back to his hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he planned to pursue a calmer, quieter career as an insurance … Continue reading Marty Carlin (In the Blood)

Colton Parker (Brandt Dodson)

Created by Brandt Dodson According to his creator, private investigator COLTON PARKER is "a man who is troubled. A recent widower who is raising a rebellious teenage daughter, Colton often takes missteps that create his problems. But, he is also capable of learning from his mistakes." He goes on to add that he is also "a … Continue reading Colton Parker (Brandt Dodson)

Alfons Grendelmann (Der Fall)

Created by Kurt Früh ( 1915-79) and Georg Janett (1937-2014) A dark, disturbing film from... Switzerland? Yeah, that's what I thought too. But this low-budget, black and white Swiss detective drama is surprisingly effective, an off-kilter noir that packs a lot of grit, moral ambivalence and lives of quiet desperation into the murky fall from grace of ALFONS … Continue reading Alfons Grendelmann (Der Fall)

Ed Gray (The Buena Costa County series)

Created by John Crowe Pseudonym  of Dennis Lynds (1924-2005) ED GRAY is the private eye hero of book number four, 1975's Crooked Shadows (and possibly a few others), in John Crowe's Buena Costa County series, a string of six novels set in a fictional jurisdiction along the southern California Coast, just north of Los Angeles that is … Continue reading Ed Gray (The Buena Costa County series)

Lennox Cooper

Created by Lily Gardner Evidently, Portland, Oregon police detective LENNOX COOPER didn't get the memo: You don't shit where you eat. And you don't fuck where you work. When we meet her in A Bitch Called Hope (2013), it's been a year since an affair with a married fellow officer got her turfed from the Portland … Continue reading Lennox Cooper

Jack Carter (Les aventures tumultueuses de Jack Carter)

Created by Sylvie Lussier and Pierre Poirier Non-Montrealers may think the lead character in the Radio-Canada private eye TV show Les aventures tumultueuses de Jack Carter is some sort of hands-across-the-water homage to Michael Caine's character in the iconic 1971 Brit noir Get Carter. But they'd be wrong. It's all given away by numerous publicity stills which … Continue reading Jack Carter (Les aventures tumultueuses de Jack Carter)

Tony Rome

Creat ed by Anthony Rome Pseudonym of Marvin H. Albert Other pseudonyms include Mike Barone, J.D. Christilain, Al Conroy, Albert Conroy, Ian MacAlister & Nick Quarry (1924-1996) The real Tony would have kicked Frankie off the boat. In the novels in which he first appeared, Marvin Albert's TONY ROME was a "hard-loving, hard-loving private detective … Continue reading Tony Rome

Karl Benson (Manhandled)

Created by L.S. Goldsmith “You’re not talking to a cluck Charlie. You’re talking to a guy who knows all the angles.” Dan Duryea plays gum-popping KARL BENSON, a crooked ex-cop reduced to doing repo jobs, divorce frame-ups and assorted other sordid sidelines in Lewis Foster's preposterous but entertaining 1949 noir, Manhandled. The flick does have … Continue reading Karl Benson (Manhandled)