Cicero

Created by Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) In Defense of Sextus Roscius of Ameria (aka "Pro Roscio Amerino") by Marcus Tullius Cicero, aka “Cicero,” written about 80 BC, may just be one of my favourite private eye novels. Yep, it's a speech, not a novel, but young Cicero's first major defense speech reads like a short … Continue reading Cicero

Zelmont Raines

Created by Gary Phillips As The Jook (1999), Gary Phillips' non-series stand alone, kicks off, ZELMONT RAINES, an African American All-Pro receiver with a string of endorsement deals, is left wondering where it all went. The man who once scored the winning touchdown in the Super Bowl has a blown knee and a weakness for … Continue reading Zelmont Raines

Martha Chainey

Created by Gary Phillips From the creator of Ivan Monk comes a new hero, MARTHA CHAINEY. Okay, so she's not a P.I., and she's not exactly on the side of the angels. But she's a six foot, tough-talking, hard-as-nails African American ex-showgirl now working as a courier for some Vegas thugs, so you go ahead--you … Continue reading Martha Chainey

Danny Clive

Created by Fletcher Flora (1914-1968) DANNY CLIVE is a special investigator for the Grand Jury, hired to bring in an old friend who could put the finger on a local gangster, in the great short story "The Heat Is Killing Me" from the February 1953 Dime Detective. As the buddy's wife says, "Judas. Judas Clive. … Continue reading Danny Clive

Philippe Clerc

Created by Patrick Raynal (1946--) PHILIPPE CLERC isn't really a private detective. But he sure acts like one. Truth is, he's an insurance salesman in Nice. Not the most crooked one in town, perhaps, but not the most honest, either. The beginning of Fenêtres sur femmes (1988; translates as "Window on Women") is in the best P.I. … Continue reading Philippe Clerc

“Corpus Delicti” Mort

Created by Julius W. Long (1907-1955) Defense attorney and notorious barfly CLARENCE DARROW MORT, better known by his nickname "CORPUS DELECTI," liked to drink and hang out in dive bars and dubious nightclubs--and what's wrong with that? He was a regular in the pages of Dime Detective in the mid-forties, staggering from case to case, slightly … Continue reading “Corpus Delicti” Mort

Ben Corbett

Created by Julius W. Long (1907-1955) "The D.A.'s bundler carrier, that's me. I crack the cases, and Keever gets the headlines." -- "Blind Bogey" Prolific pulpster Long--he seemed to be everywhere in the forties, with his name frequently splashed on pulp covers-- had two ongoing series. He wrote  about Clarence Darrow "Corpus Delecti" Mort, a … Continue reading Ben Corbett

“Bookie” Barnes

Created by Robert Reeves (1912-45) Reminescent at times of Frank Gruber and Norbert Davis, Robert Reeves is best known for creating private eye Cellini Smith, but he also created another memorable (if short-lived) hard-boiled hero: trucker and "highway detective" "BOOKIE" BARNES, who appeared in just three short stories (the first in Black Mask, and the … Continue reading “Bookie” Barnes

An Eye By Any Other Name Would Still Smell As Sweet

Official and Not-So-Official Occupations of Some Popular Eyes Not all private eyes call themselves that, but don't let them fool ya...these guys are eyes, in that they aren't officially law enforcement agents, but they are cops of some sort for hire, and work independantly. What it may say on their tax returns is irrelevant -- … Continue reading An Eye By Any Other Name Would Still Smell As Sweet

Amateur Hour

Official Occupations of Some Popular "Eyes by Accident" They're not really eyes, because their jobs don't naturally lead to them investigating crime, but call them what you will, these eyes by accident, these gifted amateurs with attitude are the real deal. BUILDING CONTRACTOR John Deal by Les Standiford SPORTS AGENT Myron Bolitar by Harlan Coben DENTIST … Continue reading Amateur Hour