Jack Starkey

Created by William Wells JACK STARKEY is an ex-homicide cop from Chicago who dumps the Windy City and the CPD to live the life aquatic on a houseboat called Phoenix and runs a bar called the Drunken Parrot in sleepy Fort Myers Beach, Florida, in a couple of easy-going books by William Wells. Jack figures this is the … Continue reading Jack Starkey

Jack Dixon

Created by Daniel M. Ford Affable, battered Maryland investigator JACK DIXON takes on the world with a jaundiced eye and a cutting wit, from the deck of the Belle of Joppa, the houseboat he lives on. If it sounds rather familiar and conjures up a rather McGee-esque vibe, well, at least the author's heart seems to … Continue reading Jack Dixon

Makana

Created by Parker Bilal Pseudonym of Jamal Mahjoub Former Sudanese police inspector MAKANA is a refugee still trying to overcome a life of tragedy and heartbreak, a mostly despised outsider living in Cairo on a waterlogged houseboat docked in the Nile, scraping by as a low-rent private detective in a world of the ancient poor … Continue reading Makana

Travis McGee

Created by John D. MacDonald (1916-86) "Travis McGee is the last of the great knights-errant: honorable, sensual, skillful, and tough. I can't think of anyone who has replaced him. I can't think of anyone who would dare" -- Donald Westlake Beach bum. Salvage consultant. Recoverer of misplaced goods. Ladies' man. Mender of broken hearts. Environmentalist. … Continue reading Travis McGee