Trevor Oaks

Created by Percy Spurlark Parker Las Vegas P.I. TREVOR OAKS only appeared once, in Percy Spurlark Parker's 2009 novel, The Good-Looking Dead Guy. Trevor's a big guy, weighing in at somewhere around "two hundred and sixty pounds of black muscle," which means the former University of Nevada Las Vegas football player can handle the occasional bodyguard … Continue reading Trevor Oaks

Mark Foran

Created by W.T. Ballard (Willis Todhunter Ballard) Pseudonyms include P. D. Ballard, Harrison Hunt, Neil MacNeil, John Shepherd (1903-80) "Mark Foran, Newest of the Private Ops--out-Harpers Harper." -- the front cover blurb for the 1967 edition Los Angeles gumshoe MARK FORAN, plagued as he is with an "oversize bump of curiousity" appeared in only one … Continue reading Mark Foran

King Bennett

Created by Dean Davis "Every man has his vice. For some it's alcohol while for others it's gambling. Mine happens to be dames. They cost me enough. Why would I need another addiction draining my wallet?" -- from "Click", Said the Camera There's plenty to love about this legendary long-running series by Dean Davis, "the … Continue reading King Bennett

John J. MacShayne

Created by Michael Gleason Kenny Rogers as a P.I.? Some folks should really know when to fold 'em. In 1994, NBC unleashed the popular country singer as Las Vegas casino head of security guy JOHN J. MacSHAYNE, as part of the mixed bag of rejuvenated characters from the past and a few new ones to … Continue reading John J. MacShayne

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

Julian “Digger” Burroughs/Devlin “Trace” Tracy/Daedulus Patrick Murphy

Created by Warren Murphy (1933-2015) "It's a bubble that's gonna break, it's Murphy's law..." --theme song lyrics, sung by Al Jarreau I'm sorry, but there's just no sense listing these guys separately. Warren Murphy wrote them all, and they're all basically the same guy, especially the first two, JULIAN "DIGGER" BURROUGHS and DEVLIN "TRACE" TRACY. … Continue reading Julian “Digger” Burroughs/Devlin “Trace” Tracy/Daedulus Patrick Murphy

Conner McBride

Created by W. L. Ripley CONNER McBRIDE is a hot shot Las Vegas security with a little gambling jones. That little problem (and its resulting cash flow deficit) is the reason McBride sometimes takes on cases that don't quite pass the smell test--like when a bloodthirsty local boss charges him with locating a certain stolen attaché case, … Continue reading Conner McBride

Eddie G.

Created by Robert J. Randisi (1951 --) All things considered, long-time pit boss at the Las Vegas Sands Brooklyn-born EDDIE GIANELLI would probably rather cruise some broads or just chill with his Rat Pack pals Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. But as de facto troubleshooter for the world … Continue reading Eddie G.

Jack Andrews

Created by John Dahl and David W. Warfield The sign says "Licensed Investigator, Confidentiality Guaranteed, 1248 Dahl Av., Reno, Nevada." What it doesn't say is that JACK ANDREWS (played by an impossibly boyish-looking Val Kilmer) is not particularly good at the job. He's a business degree major and a former insurance investigator who's on the skids following … Continue reading Jack Andrews

Gypsy Moran

Created by Lynn Chandler Willis Las Vegas P.I. GYPSY MORAN is back in his hometown  of Wink in West Texas to visit his kid sister Rhonda, when a former student of hers, 12-year-old Tatum McCallen, asks him to look into his father's alleged suicide, in Wink of an Eye (2014), the winner of the 2013 St. … Continue reading Gypsy Moran