S.J. Rook (The Ross Agency)

Created by Delia C. Pitts The Ross AgencyPrivate InvestigationsLost? Missing? Cheated?Your Problems--Our Solutions-- the agency's business card The Ross Agency is a tiny Harlem detective firm on the side of the angels, dedicated to offering affordable services to its clients, taking ┬áthose cases the police are too busy--or too indifferent--to solve. Things like tracking down … Continue reading S.J. Rook (The Ross Agency)

Devil Barnett

Created by Teddy Hayes DEVIL BARNETT isn't really a P.I., at least initially, but he sure as hell acts like one. When we first meet him, in 1998's Blood Red Blues, he's an ex-CIA wet-ops agent (ie: assassin) who inherited his dad's Harlem bar. According to the overblown press release I received, he's "a modern … Continue reading Devil Barnett

Luke Cage

Created by Archie Goodwin and John Romita, Sr. "I ain't about the tights and shit..." -- Cage on why the tiara is gone, in Alias #1 A working class hero is something to be... When LUKE CAGE made his debut in Luke Cage: Hero for Hire in 1972, he was the first African-American superhero to … Continue reading Luke Cage

Mali Anderson

Created by Grace Edwards Whoa, whoa, whoa, it's the Harlem Shuffle... Sometime-sleuth MALI ANDERSON is a savvy, street-smart student working towards a Ph.D. in social work with roots deep that go deep into her Harlem working class neighborhood. But this isn't some bleak, mean streets gangsta hip hop kinda film-at-eleven version of Harlem. Instead, it's … Continue reading Mali Anderson

Coffin Ed Johnson & Grave Digger Jones

Created by Chester Himes (1908-84) "We just get pissed-off with all the red tape...We just want to get down to the nitty-gritty." - Grave Digger in Blind Man With a Pistol "I don't want no niggers on this lot." -- Jack Warner's alleged outburst, before firing Himes One of the true masters of the genre, … Continue reading Coffin Ed Johnson & Grave Digger Jones