Miles Standish Rice

Created by Baynard H. Kendrick Pseudonyms include Richard Hayward (1894-1977) Miami-based MILES STANDISH RICE was Baynard Kendrick's other private investigator--you know, the one who wasn't blind. Now completely overshadowed by Captain Duncan Maclain, the sightless insurance investigator of numerous short stories, novels and even film, Rice nonetheless had a good run of his own back in … Continue reading Miles Standish Rice

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

Walter Tatum & Gwen Cross(Moon Over Miami)

Created by Harley Peyton Oh, those crazy love-struck kids! In the pilot episode from Moon Over Miami, a short-lived romantic comedy from the 1993 fall television schedule, Miami law student-turned-private eye WALTER TATUM is hired to track down runaway bride and poor little rich girl GWEN CROSS. And so it begins. Alternately loved or loathed, … Continue reading Walter Tatum & Gwen Cross(Moon Over Miami)

Jim Talbot

Created by Harry Whittington Pseudonyms include Harry White, Whit Harrison, Honda Wells, Clay Stuart, Hallam Whitney, Harriet Kathryn Meyers, Ashley Carter, Kell Holland, etc. (1915-1990) In Harry Whittington's So Dead My Love! (1953), JIM TALBOT is a New York private eye, fresh out of the jug, who heads back home to the the steamy, seamy … Continue reading Jim Talbot

Carl Hiaasen

"If you were pursuing your cousin's kidnapper across Florida, you would want a man like Skink at your side. Maybe." -- Kirkus Reviews on Skink--No Surrender Okay, let's admit it. Florida has problems. Fortunately, journalist, muckraker and novelist CARL HIAASEN has it covered, in one of the most-entertaining string of comic novels the genre has seen … Continue reading Carl Hiaasen

Harry Lipkin

Created by Barry Fantoni (1940--) This isn't the first time author BarryFantoni has taken a good-natured poke at private eyes. A long-time contributor to British satirical magazine Private Eye (just coincidence, I'm sure) and a cartoonist for the Times, he wrote a couple of spot-on spoofs of the genre back in the eighties, featuring 1940s … Continue reading Harry Lipkin

Jeff Thompson & Rocky (Miami Undercover)

Created by-- Shot almost completely on location in Miami, the 1961 syndicated TV show Miami Undercover followed the adventures of odd couple detective duo JEFF THOMPSON (played by Lee Bowman) and his partner "Rocky" (real-life boxing legend Rocky Graziano). The two were hired by the Miami Beach hotel association to go "undercover," posing as a wealthy … Continue reading Jeff Thompson & Rocky (Miami Undercover)

Jake Lassiter

Created by Paul Levine "The past clings to me like mud on rusty cleats" -- Jake looks back, in Bum Deal After graduating from the Penn State University, JAKE LASSITER went on to a short and not exactly stellar pro football career as a second string linebacker for the Miami Dolphins. Encouraged by a cheerleader … Continue reading Jake Lassiter

Thorn

Created by James W. Hall (1947--) Arguably the greatest of Travis McGee's wayward literary children, THORN isn't really a P.I. (or even a "salvage consultant"), although he does occasionally take money to "look into" things. He's more of an "avenger," dark and brooding division. He makes his home in Key Largo, Florida, far from the … Continue reading Thorn

Morgan Hunt

Created by Geoffrey Norman (1943--) MORGAN HUNT is an outdoorsy, manly kinda guy, an ex-con and former Green Beret working as a private eye for a crusading lawyer in Florida Panhandle in the northwest part of the state, in an excellent series of books by Geoffrey Norman that ended way too soon. Of course, like … Continue reading Morgan Hunt