Doc Sportello (Inherent Vice)

Created by Thomas Pynchon “PIs are doomed, man, you could’ve seen it coming for years, in the movies, on the tube. Once there was all these great old PIs--Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade, the shamus of shamus Johnny Staccato, always smarter and more professional than the cops, always end up solving the crime while the cops … Continue reading Doc Sportello (Inherent Vice)

Vera Kelly

Created by Rosalie Knecht Her debut in 2018's genre-and-gender flipping Who is Vera Kelly?, a wonky mish-mash that hits the sweet spot somewhere between The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Bridget Jones' Diary, knocked a lot of critics and readers back on their heels. The titular heroine was, of course, VERA KELLY, a sassy young … Continue reading Vera Kelly

Billy Bob Holland & The Holland Family Saga

Created by James Lee Burke Writer James Lee Burke, best known for Cajun almost-P.I. Dave Robicheaux has another crack with Deaf Smith, Texas attorney BILLY BOB HOLLAND. Like his more famous creation, Billy Bob is a troubled gent, haunted by the violence of his ancestors (a few of whom have starred in books of their … Continue reading Billy Bob Holland & The Holland Family Saga