Rebekah Roberts

Created by Julia Dahl Frustrated by her work at the New York Tribune, arguably the city's sleaziest tabloid (Boy! That's sleazy!), ambitious rookie reporter REBEKAH ROBERTS is more than willing to stick her nose into places other people (including the police and occasionally, her editor) would rather she didn't. But she never thought things would … Continue reading Rebekah Roberts

Dan Starkey

Created by Colin Bateman DAN STARKEY is a Belfast born-and-bred reporter (as is his creator, Colin Bateman). He's a cynic and an alcoholic, and so far, the hero (or more precisely, the anti-hero) of four novels and one film, loosely based on the first novel. That first book, Divorcing Jack (1995), is set in Northern … Continue reading Dan Starkey

Flashgun Casey

Created by George Harmon Coxe (1901-84) Originally appearing in the pages of Black Mask under the watchful eyes of then-editor Joseph Shaw, JACK "FLASHGUN" CASEY of the Boston Express was the original fast-talking crime photographer, a big, hot-tempered Boston Mick with a gift for gab and a nose for trouble. No "artiste", Casey kept a bottle of … Continue reading Flashgun Casey

Mike Kovac

Created by -- Lieutenant Donovan: "You're not going to shoot him, are you?" Kovac: "After all the trouble I went to, you're darn right I'm gonna shoot him." In the 1958-60 TV Series Man with a Camera, a young Charles Bronson starred as MIKE KOVAC, a former World War II combat photographer working as a … Continue reading Mike Kovac

Torchy Blane

Created by Frederick Nebel (1903-1966) "The Lady Bloodhound with a Nose for News" "The Yellow-Haired Peril!" -- some of the taglines for the films Somewhere along the line, in the transition from the pulps to celluloid, Frederick Nebel's skinny, drunk-as-a-skunk Kennedy of The Free Press who'd appeared in a slew of stories in Black Mask became … Continue reading Torchy Blane

Gerhard Maier

Created by Tom Vater Born and raised in East Germany before the wall came down, GERHARD MAIER was an international war correspondent stationed in Southeast Asia, and is now a private investigator working the same region for a Hamburg-based agency in a trilogy of books by journalist Tom Vater. He's forty-something, a big-shouldered, green-eyed guy who speaks … Continue reading Gerhard Maier

Ken O’Hara

Created by H.H. Stinson (1896-1969) KEN O'HARA was a hard-boiled reporter for the Los Angeles Tribune (and later in the series, a  rather reluctant hotel press agent) who appeared regularly in stories in that most venerable of pulps, Black Mask. He fought his way through fourteen stories, usually accompanied by his buddy Eddie, a frequently intoxicated … Continue reading Ken O’Hara

Lisbeth Salander & Mikael Blomkvist

Created by Stieg Larsson "People always have secrets. It's just a matter of finding out what they are." -- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Journalist MIKAEL BLOMKVIST and computer hacker LISBETH SALANDER are the mismatched detective duo who appear in a series of internationally acclaimed, posthumously published thrillers by Swedish author Stieg Larsson. The … Continue reading Lisbeth Salander & Mikael Blomkvist