Len Buonfiglio

Created by Brian Silverman Freedom Drop (2021) introduces ex-Marine and former New York bar owner "with a few miles on him" LEN BUONFIGLIO, in what could be a great series, full of solid characters and sparkling with local colour. Recently divorced and tired of the Big Apple life, he packed up and moved to the small … Continue reading Len Buonfiglio

Kathy O’Connor (The Sunset Strip Case)

Created by Harold Joyce Live! Naked! Detecting! Okay, so KATHY O'CONNOR's not a private eye or even a cop. She's just another small-time showgirl (aren't they all?) who poses as a stripper to investigate her father's murder, in 1941 piece of cinematic silliness initally titled The Sunset Murder Case. It seems the owner of the … Continue reading Kathy O’Connor (The Sunset Strip Case)

Ned Beaumont (The Glass Key)

Created by Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) "I can stand anything I've got to stand." -- Ned Beaumont     Unlike Dashiell Hammett's other novel-length protagonists, Sam Spade, The Continental Op and Nick Charles, NED BEAUMONT is not a private eye--not even a retired one. He's a political hanger-on and fixer, a cigar-smoking, hard-drinking gambler with a … Continue reading Ned Beaumont (The Glass Key)

Jim Stringer

Created by Andrew Martin A train man to the core, JIM STRINGER finally becomes an official "private eye" (after acting as an amateur sleuth in his first two adventures) when he's given the title of railroad detective for the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway in The Lost Luggage Porter (2008), the third book in this entertaining … Continue reading Jim Stringer

Horace Rumpole

Created by John Mortimer (1923-2009 ) Down those mean streets and meaner chambers a man must waddle... Lord knows, he's not a private eye--but I wish he were. Like Philip Marlowe, HORACE RUMPOLE is "a relatively poor man... a common man or he could not go among common people. He has a sense of character, … Continue reading Horace Rumpole

Sunderson

Created by Jim Harrison (1937-2016) Not really a private eye, perhaps, but Jim Harrison's SUNDERSON, after years as a detective, is no amateur sleuth. What he is is a contrary, stubborn, violent, horny and unrepentant SOB; a retired homicide dick, a brooding philosopher and an unapologetic intellectual who refuses to let things--big or small--slide. And to … Continue reading Sunderson

Tru Lewis

Created by Robert J. Randisi (1951--) "Mature Male in Sixties Available for Housesitting, Non-Smoker, No Pets, Widower." .That's the ad TRUXTON "TRU" LEWIS places in the paper, as a way of escaping the clutches of his annoying, though well-meaning daughter and her dentist husband. Tru is a widower in his early sixties, and has been … Continue reading Tru Lewis

Harry Rigby

Created by Declan Burke "Cheers. Who the fuck are you?"-- Harry flashes some of his famous charm FUCKIN' A. HARRY RIGBY might not be a private eye per se, but he sure as hell acts like one. A particularly inept one from the detective pulps of the forties, maybe. But Harry drinks like a fish, … Continue reading Harry Rigby

John “Scottie” Ferguson

Created by Samuel A. Taylor (1912-2000) & Alec Coppel (1907-72) After Pierre Boileau (1906-88) & Thomas Narcejac (1908-98) "Scottie, do you believe that someone out of the past--someone dead--can enter and take possession of a living being?" -- Gavin Elster: (May contain spoilers) Retired San Francisco police detective JOHN "SCOTTIE" FERGUSON (Jimmy Stewart) already has more than his fair share … Continue reading John “Scottie” Ferguson

Last Night I Shot a Private Eye in My Pajamas…

Groucho Marx, P.I.? Created by Mr. and Mrs. Marx Okay, I'll confess. I'm a big Marx Brothers fan. I remember stumbling into class Monday mornings in high school, all bleary eyed, for what seemed like an entire semester, because CBC-Montreal insisted on running Marx Brothers flicks on the late show every Sunday night. And to … Continue reading Last Night I Shot a Private Eye in My Pajamas…