Candid Jones

Created by Richard Sale Pseudonyms include Bernard Elas, Seymour Richards, John St. John (1911-93) "I was never afraid of any man, and I always figured that if a guy was going to get rough with you, the best thing to do was to get rough with him first." -- "Long Shot" Weegee-like freelance photographer/investigator TERRENCE "CANDID" JONES … Continue reading Candid Jones

Daffy Dill

Created by Richard Sale Pseudonyms include Bernard Elas, Seymour Richards, John St. John (1911-93) Nearly every detective pulp worth its salt had some sort of brash, wisecracking reporter lurking among its regulars, sticking his nose into things, and Detective Fiction Weekly was no exception. It had easy-going (but pistol-packing) JOE "DAFFY" DILL of The New York Chronicle, always seemingly … Continue reading Daffy Dill

Bill Brent (Lora Lorne)

Created by Frederick C. Davis From the blurb: "Sweet, grandmotherly advice columnist for The New York Recorder LORA LORNE is actually burly, rough-edged, hard-drinking, broken-nosed, cigar-chomping hotshot newsie BILL BRENT who weighs in at 200 pounds and stands at six feet plus, in his size 11 brogues." He appeared in over a dozen short stories … Continue reading Bill Brent (Lora Lorne)

Caitlin Bergman

Created by August Norman CAITLIN BERGMAN is a tart-tongued and dogged Los Angeles-based crime reporter for both print and media, and the author of a bestselling book, Fallen Angels, an expose of a prostitution ring ran by a crooked cop, who cases invariably involve her personally. Somehow, her dark and predictably troubled past (including the … Continue reading Caitlin Bergman

Frank Corso

Created by G.M. Ford FRANK CORSO is a reclusive renegade newshawk with a conscience. As an up-and-coming journalist in New York City, he became involved in a nasty libel suit which cost him his reputation and almost his career. Tail between his legs, he ended up on the west coast working for the third-rate Seattle … Continue reading Frank Corso

Frank Corso

Created by Frederick Zackel "Her skirt was shorter than her hair."  Once upon a time, FRANK CORSO was a scruffy, bar-hopping San Francisco private eye, rough around all the edges. Then he met a rich girl, got her pregnant, and married her. Against the wishes of her powerful, well-connected and very disapproving family. A son, … Continue reading Frank Corso

Hank Janson

Created by Hank Janson Pseudonym of Stephen D. Frances "I had to kinda peel her off me. Her pointed nails seared across my back, tore skin through my thin shirt. A piece of my lip went with her and, as I gripped her bare shoulders, she was panting uncontrollably, eyes swimmy and semi-conscious. A little … Continue reading Hank Janson

Stop the Presses!

Newsroom Eyes and Others Newshawks "You dig me up a good yarn, brother, and I'll kiss you." -- Garry Dean, hard-boiled newshawk, chats up a source in Call the Lady Indiscreet (1946) "Newspaper reporters are like dicks. Private dicks. Yeah, I know everyone loves the private investigator. But I look at it this way: A newspaperman … Continue reading Stop the Presses!

Jack McEvoy

Created by Michael Connelly When we first meet JACK McEVOY in The Poet (1996), he's a tabloid reporter for Denver's Rocky Mountain News, and murder is his beat. But when his brother, a cop, commits suicide, he really throws himself into his work. He decides to do a feature on police suicide and stumbles across … Continue reading Jack McEvoy

Clyde Smith

Created by Garrick Jones "... to be brutally honest, I couldn't be fucked playing the game." -- Clyde on why he left the Sydney police department In The Cricketer's Arms (2019), the first in a proposed series by Garrick Jones, it's 1956 Sydney, Australia where we meet CLYDE SMITH, an ex-cop and current freelance restaurant reviewer (having … Continue reading Clyde Smith