Sam Donovan (Cover Up)

Created by Jerome Odlum, Dennis O'Keefe, Francis Swann & Lawrence Kimble This Christmas Eve, if you're tired of The Thin Man, and can't quite stomach another viewing of Die Hard, there's an easy-going alternative that ought to hit the sweet spot between crime films and Christmas cheer. Cover Up is a pleasant little feelgooder from … Continue reading Sam Donovan (Cover Up)

The Acme Indemnity Op

Created by Jan Dana Pseudonym of John Frederick Brooks Lawrence (1907-1970) Sssshhhhh.... don't tell the Hammett folks. But in 1937, Dime Detective started publishing a series of short stories featuring a nameless hard-boiled, cynical claims investigator who worked for a national insurance agency. No similarity to Hammett's very popular and influential hard-boiled, cynical Continental Op, … Continue reading The Acme Indemnity Op

John Wallis & David Roche (Bug & Roach)

Created by Wilson Toney JOHN "BUG" WALLIS and DAVID ROCHE (everyone seems to insist on pronouncing it "roach") are a pair of seen-it-all investigators for the National Detective Agency, a long-established firm, headquartered in some unnamed city in the Midwest, looking into everything from late night car accidents to high-level corporate malarkey, published by Stark … Continue reading John Wallis & David Roche (Bug & Roach)

Jerry Killain

Created by Harlan Ellison Pseudonyms include Jay Charby, Landon Ellis, Sley Harson, Ellis Hart, John Magnus & Jay Solo (1934-2018) "I don't play if I don't know how to win." -- Jerry lays it out for his boss, in "The Golden Virgin" Although he's celebrated as a science fiction and fantasy author (and as a … Continue reading Jerry Killain

Steve Hastings (Mystery in Mexico)

Created by Muriel Roy Bolton STEVE HASTINGS (William Lundigan) is a Los Angeles insurance dick, dispatched by his boss to look for a stolen necklace- and a missing colleague who may have double-crossed the company--in the Robert Wise-directed Mystery in Mexico (1948, RKO). Steve's pursuit leads him to the man's sister Victoria (Jacqueline White), whom … Continue reading Steve Hastings (Mystery in Mexico)

Julian “Digger” Burroughs/Devlin “Trace” Tracy/Daedulus Patrick Murphy

Created by Warren Murphy (1933-2015) "It's a bubble that's gonna break, it's Murphy's law..." --theme song lyrics, sung by Al Jarreau I'm sorry, but there's just no sense listing these guys separately. Warren Murphy wrote them all, and they're all basically the same guy, especially the first two, JULIAN "DIGGER" BURROUGHS and DEVLIN "TRACE" TRACY. … Continue reading Julian “Digger” Burroughs/Devlin “Trace” Tracy/Daedulus Patrick Murphy

Milo March

Created by M.E. Chaber Pseudonym of Kendell Foster Crossen Other pseudonyms include Bennett Barlay, Christopher Monig, Richard Foster & Clay Richards (1910-1981) MILO MARCH, a former employee of both the OSS and the CIA before becoming a high-flying, globetrotting investigator for Denver-based Intercontinental Innsurance, appeared in over twenty fast-paced books by M.E. Chaber. Later in … Continue reading Milo March

Henry Smith

Created by Fredric Brown (1906-72) HENRY SMITH was probably the most developed of Fredric Brown's detective series in which the characters' family name wasn't Hunter. Not that Brown developed poor Henry much, although perhaps that might have actually been the point. Because Henry was a relatively generic guy, just an ordinary working stiff who just … Continue reading Henry Smith

Slater Ibáñez

Created by George Bixley SLATER IBÁÑEZ is an ill-tempered, violence-prone insurance investigator has two problems: alcohol and keeping it zipped. He prowls the streets of LA, looking for insurance fraud and sex, "keeping his balance with the jobs that his employer, Della, throws his way, and the back-channel support he gets from his idiot cop … Continue reading Slater Ibáñez

Joe Shannon (Shannon)

Created by... In the 1961–62 season, George Nader appeared as stand-up insurance investigator JOE SHANNON in the syndicated crime drama Shannon. Joe worked for the Los Angeles branch of the Transport Bonding and Surety Company, which had its headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Joe's job was to protect the company's clients (apparently mostly trucking companies) from hijacking, … Continue reading Joe Shannon (Shannon)