Eric Bolan (The Silent Whisper)

Created by Jonathan Betuel When the family of a San Francisco cop ERIC BOLAN (David Beecroft) discovered his wife and two young children had been targeted by the serial killer he had  been investigating, he rushed to defend them--but arrived too late, and had his throat and his vocal chords slashed. Left unable to speak, … Continue reading Eric Bolan (The Silent Whisper)

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)

Stone & Stine (City of Angels)

Music by Cy Coleman Lyrics by David Zippel Book by Larry Gelbart ''It's as though I was hit by a wrecking ball wearing a pinky ring'' -- Stone City of Angels was an ambitious and well-received musical comedy that wowed them on Broadway in 1989, written by Larry (M*A*S*H) Gelbart, with music by Cy Coleman and lyrics … Continue reading Stone & Stine (City of Angels)

Dino LaStanza

Created by O'Neil De Noux "I always get them. Always." Although this long-running series started out with him as a determined, no-nonsense New Orleans Homicide Detective, DINO LaSTANZA becomes a private investigator following the events in New Orleans Homicide (2013), and is a full-fledged private eye by the seventh novel, The Blue Nude (2013). In … Continue reading Dino LaStanza

Ruth Law

Created by Ken Liu "He misses her, like missing a mirror you’ve broken." In "The Regular," a short story by acclaimed sci-fi writer Ken Liu, we're introduced to RUTH LAW, a coldly efficient half-Chinese, half-American private eye who works out of a tiny office above a butcher shop in Boston's Chinatown. She specializes mostly in "hidden assets, … Continue reading Ruth Law

Adrian Monk (Monk)

Created by Andy Breckmann & David Hoberman "Do you smell gas?" -- Adrian Monk Love it or hate it, this was the face of private eye TV in the first decade of the new millennium, a tongue wedged firmly in his cheek, and all the grit of a sitcom. So forget Spade or Marlowe or … Continue reading Adrian Monk (Monk)

Freddy Otash

Created by James Ellroy "Ellroy’s a dipshit. I knew him in my waning months alive. I’ve been granted tell-all telepathy. I will know that cocksucker cold." -- Freddie nails Ellroy to the wall, in "Shakedown" According to Wikipedia, FREDDIE OTASH was "a Los Angeles police officer, private investigator, author, and a WWII Marine veteran, who became known … Continue reading Freddy Otash

Gene Hammons

Created by Jon Talton GENE HAMMONS used to be a soldier, serving in World War I. And he used to be a homicide cop in Phoenix, Arizona. But when he went against the powers that be and tried to free a woman he felt had been wrongfully accused of murdering a local big shot, he … Continue reading Gene Hammons

Sunderson

Created by Jim Harrison (1937-2016) Not really a private eye, perhaps, but Jim Harrison's SUNDERSON, after years as a detective, is no amateur sleuth. What he is is a contrary, stubborn, violent, horny and unrepentant SOB; a retired homicide dick, a brooding philosopher and an unapologetic intellectual who refuses to let things--big or small--slide. And to … Continue reading Sunderson

Tom O’Toole (Everybody Wins)

Created by Arthur Miller Everybody hated this film, except maybe me. In his first original screenplay since The Misfits way back in 1961, Arthur Miller (The Crucible, Death of a Salesman, etc.) tackled the private eye genre in 1990's moody, cynical Everybody Wins, starring Nick Nolte and Debra Winger. Nolte plays TOM O'TOOLE with a … Continue reading Tom O’Toole (Everybody Wins)