Dave Gurney

Created by John Verdon For someone who is not a locked room or impossible crime buff, Think of a Number (2010), the first in a popular series featuring DAVE GURNEY, a retired NYC homicide dick, was one hell of an introduction. It's a genre that's easy to make fun of (and I have), but it's actually … Continue reading Dave Gurney

Jeffrey Blackburn

Created by Max Afford (1906 - 1954) “I wonder if the old bird would be interested in buying a few antiques from this family? A .45 automatic, rusty through disuse, an unused set of brass knuckles and an out-of-date private eye, sound in wind and limb except for a pickled liver!” -- Jeffrey ponder his … Continue reading Jeffrey Blackburn

“Rock” Dugan

Created by Stephen Brett Pseudonym of Stephen Mertz Other pseudonyms include Jim Case, and  pseudonyms Jack Buchanan, Cliff Garnett, Don Pendleton and Dick Stivers (1947--) Published under the pen name of Stephen Brett (a wink to Brett Holliday), prolific pulpster and Men's Adventure writer Steve Mertz’s first book was a P.I. paperback original, Some Die Hard. It … Continue reading “Rock” Dugan

Hamilton Cleek (The Man of the Forty Faces)

Created by Thomas W. Hanshew Pseudonyms include Charlotte May Kingsley (1857 – 1914) Is it a defect or a feature? Caught somewhere between Sherlock Holmes and the rise of the hard-boiled dick in the 1920s is HAMILTON CLEEK, also known as "The Man of the Forty Faces," a "consulting detective" who prefigures the weird menace … Continue reading Hamilton Cleek (The Man of the Forty Faces)

Nick Noble

Created by Anthony Boucher Pseudonym of William A. P. White Other pseudonyms Theo Durrant & H. H. Holmes (1911-1968); Noted (and prolific) mystery critic Anthony Boucher (that's who the Bouchercon is named after) somehow also managed to find the time to squeeze out several novels and some sixty short stories during his lifetime, about equally split … Continue reading Nick Noble

Anthony Bathhurst

Created by Brian Flynn Pseudonyms include Charles Wogan (1885--1958) Tall, grey-eyed ANTHONY LOTHERINGTON BATHHURST, son of Irish parents and a former Uppingham schoolboy, was a blandly affable  British private detective who appeared in over fifty clever, clue-packed novels by Brian Flynn. They're all very much in the classic mystery mode, clearly and admittedly influenced farnmore by Doyle … Continue reading Anthony Bathhurst