Harry Ross (Twilight)

Created by Robert Benton and Richard Russo Looking for sparkly vampires? Keep going... Retired, and just plain tired, Hollywood gumshoe HARRY ROSS takes odd jobs (and once, a bullet, trying to rescue their jailbait daughter) for his old pal and dying movie star, Jack Ames, and his one-time sexpot actress wife, Catherine. He bides his time, … Continue reading Harry Ross (Twilight)

Bixby Grant

Created by Patrick Coyle Forget love, sweet love. What the world needs now is an immortal mummy private eye. Fortunately, comics creator and long-time fanboy Patrick Coyle has given us one, in the crowd-sourced, eponymously titled comic GRANT BIXBY, PRIVATE EYE. Apparently it’s taken 30 years (and a Kickstarter campaign) to bring Coyle’s dream to … Continue reading Bixby Grant

Gabriel Præst

Created by Amulya Malladi There’s nothing like a Dane? Scandi Noir is everywhere, although mostly it seems to be woefully under-populated by private eyes. Mostly the detectives tend to be grizzled cops and inspectors (brilliant but anti-social, troubled, almost always divorced, almost always prone to bad habits) and homicidal spinsters (I’m looking at you, Maud!). … Continue reading Gabriel Præst

Tamara Hayle

Created by Valerie Wilson Wesley Another black private eye, but unlike contempories like Easy Rawlins or Aaron Gunner, TAMARA HAYLE "owes more to Waiting to Exhale than to the rage of Richard Wright. They're funny and slight and smart," according to The New York Times. Tamara's an ex-cop turned Newark, New Jersey private eye, a … Continue reading Tamara Hayle

Shep Stone

Created by Jeff Jacks An unlicensed New York private eye working the Greenwich Village area, SHEP STONE, only made two appearances, both in Fawcett Gold Medal paperback originals in the early seventies. According to Robert Randisi, these two hard-to-find novels are full of "great P.I. stuff with a wonderful New York atmosphere." In fact, in … Continue reading Shep Stone

Frankie Quinn (Francesca Quinn, P.I.)

Created by John Christian Plummer Even by Hallmark Movies & Mysteries standards, the first TV movie/episode of Francesca Quinn, P.I., which the Girl Detective and I watched the other sunday night, was disappointing. We certainly weren’t expecting anything particularly hard-boiled, noir or even “gritty"—that’s not what Hallmark does. But they have managed to put out … Continue reading Frankie Quinn (Francesca Quinn, P.I.)

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