David Cleveland

Created by Dick Francis (1920-2010) DAVID CLEVELAND, the hero of Dick Francis' Slay Ride, a 1973 standalone, is the chief investigator for the British Jockey Club. There were a series of TV-movies, possibly Canadian-made, based on Francis's books, which used the Cleveland character as their continuing hero, substituting Cleveland for whoever actually served as the … Continue reading David Cleveland

Red Drake

Created by W.T. Ballard (Willis Todhunter Ballard) Pseudonyms include P. D. Ballard, Harrison Hunt, Neil MacNeil, John Shepherd (1903-80) With Black Mask editor Cap Shaw buying every Bill Lennox story W.T. Ballard submitted,  Shaw's boss, Phil Cody, urged him to lay off Lennox for a while. So Shaw suggested Ballard cook up another series character. … Continue reading Red Drake

Harvey Ace

Created by Merle Horwitz Lord, he was born a gamblin' man... Compulsive, obsessively neat, and a smart-dressed man to boot, HARVEY ACE is a retired private eye who'd be more than content to just spend the rest of his life playing the ponies and taking it easy. Unfortunately, it's not that simple, as amply demonstrated … Continue reading Harvey Ace

Sid Halley

Created by Dick Francis (1920-2010) “I was never particularly keen on my job before the day I got shot and nearly lost it, along with my life. But the .38 slug of lead that made a pepper shaker out of my intestines left me with fire in my belly in more ways than one.” -- … Continue reading Sid Halley