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…

Burke

Created by Andrew Vachss "I parked the cab at a hack stand, pulled my gym bag off the front seat and walked along until I found a bar that didn't have ferns in the windows." -- from Down Among the Zero Three things can immediately be said about BURKE. One, he is, as they say … Continue reading Burke

John Swan

Created by John Swan Pseudonym of Kerry J. Schooley Other pseudonyms include Slim Volumes (1949-2010) "The next day's news said (a former client) had survived a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Yeah, well, he would. Maybe if I'd hung in there long enough I could have prevented it. But I didn't give a shit." -Swan gets all … Continue reading John Swan

Walker Devereaux (Midnight Cab)

Created by James W. Nichol One of the most popular series, airing as part of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's The Mystery Project, was Midnight Cab, which was aired in three runs of 13 episodes, 9 episodes, and 13 episodes respectively (making a total of 35 episodes for the series).  The first series ran in 1992-93, … Continue reading Walker Devereaux (Midnight Cab)

Rod Case

Created by John K. Butler (1908-64) Hoo-boy! They sure had some peculiar occupations, those hard-boiled dicks of the pulps. ROD CASE was--I kid you not!--a hard-nosed "special agent" for the Los Angeles-based General Pacific Telephone Company in a handful of short stories that ran in Black Mask in the early 40's. He was somewhat of … Continue reading Rod Case

Lije Baley & R.D. Olivaw

Created by Isaac Asimov(1920-92) Sorry, but as several folks have pointed out, sci-fi meister Isaac Asimov's ELIJAH "LIJE" BALEY and his robot partner R. DANEEL OLIVAW don't really cut it as private eyes. As members of the New York city police, sometime in the future, they fail to meet even the minimum standards for private … Continue reading Lije Baley & R.D. Olivaw

Colton Parker (Jim Sanderson)

Created by Jim Sanderson It's the 1980s, and there's boom money to be made--one way or another--in the hard-scrabble West Texas oil patches out near Odessa, but COLTON PARKER isn't exactly setting the world on fire. He's a chump-change criminal, trying to stay out of trouble, working as a bouncer for a local gambler, and … Continue reading Colton Parker (Jim Sanderson)

Nicholas Street

Created by Nat Schachner Pseudonyms include Otis Cameron, Chan Corbett (1895-1955) One of the very first of the pulp's so-called "defective detectives," NICHOLAS STREET suffered from amnesia, thanks to a severe blow to the head (he took his name from where he was found). When we first meet him, he's only recently sprung from the hospital, and … Continue reading Nicholas Street

Jupiter Jones, Bob Andrews & Pete Crenshaw (The Three Investigators)

Created by Robert Arthur, Jr. (1909-1969) “The question mark is the universal symbol of something unknown. We are prepared to solve any puzzle, riddle, mystery, enigma, or conundrum which may be brought to us.” -- Jupiter Jones in The Secret of Terror Castle Purists may snicker, and suggest there's no real reason to include this … Continue reading Jupiter Jones, Bob Andrews & Pete Crenshaw (The Three Investigators)

Lord Darcy

Created by Randall Garrett Pseudonyms include David Gordon, John Gordon, Darrel T. Langart, Alexander Blade, Richard Greer, Ivar Jorgensen, Clyde Mitchell, Leonard G. Spencer, S. M. Tenneshaw & Gerald Vance (1927-87) In a sort of parallel world where magic and ESP, not to mention knights and castles, co-exist peacefully alongside railroads, handguns and various other … Continue reading Lord Darcy