Howie Rook

Created by Stuart Palmer Pseudonyms include Jay Stewart (1905-68) A tongue-in-cheek spin on the hard-boiled detective genre (Mike Grost dubbed him "the least hard-boiled of all private eyes"), HOWIE ROOK is a former Los Angeles newshawk turned P.I. who collects clippings and isn't shy about casting dispersions on the competence of the police in a … Continue reading Howie Rook

Bragg

Created by Jack Lynch (1930-2008) A Korean War vet and ex-reporter turned San Francisco gumshoe, and very much cast in the Hammett mold, PETER BRAGG appeared in a string of equally tough paperback originals, starting with Bragg's Hunch (1981), an impressive debut. But the second book in the series, 1982's The Missing and the Dead, … Continue reading Bragg

Benjamin Justice

Created by John Morgan Wilson Former prize-winning reporter BENJAMIN JUSTICE used to cover the LA crime beat, but now he scrambles for a living, writing press releases and the like -- and even stooping to a civil service job -- while drinking too much and contemplating the loss of his reputation, his job, and his … Continue reading Benjamin Justice

Rush Henry

Created by Joe Barry Pseudonym of Joe Barry Lake Other pseudonyms include Donnell Carey (1909-61) Hard-boiled, hard-drinking RUSH HENRY slugged his way through five rough, tough books in the 1940s, first as an undercover op for Army Intelligence, and later as a P.I. earning fifty dollars a day, plus expenses -- or whatever he can … Continue reading Rush Henry

Jacob Asch

Created by Arthur Lyons (1946-2008) ┬áJACOB ASCH was a glib, cynical, half-Jewish reporter for the L.A. Chronicle until he got sent to jail for refusing to reveal a source. He did six months on a contempt of court beef, and when he was sprung, the glamour of journalism, for some reason, had lost its appeal … Continue reading Jacob Asch