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 middleweight boxing champ 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

Max Freeman

Created By Jonathon King After two well-received books (including his Edgar-winning The Blue Edge of Midnight (2002) debut, he spent mucking about around the edges of the P.I. genre, Jonathon King's MAX FREEMAN finally became a full-fledged private eye in his third novel, Shadow Men (2004). Max was originally a Philly cop, or at least … Continue reading Max Freeman

Carver

Created by John Lutz (1939 --) Talk about your walking wounded... Carrying the twin burdens of cynicism and pain, Del Moray, Florida private eye FRED CARVER toughs it out with every step he takes, thanks to a hold-up man's bullet that ended his police career and left him with a permanently stiff left leg, forcing … Continue reading Carver