Quincy Adams Sawyer & Quincy Adams Sawyer (Junior)

Created by Charles Felton Pidgin (1844-1923) Despite over a century of misinformation and conflation, there were actually two detectives named QUINCY ADAMS SAWYER, father and son, both created by Charles Felton Pidgin, although only one was really a private investigator. The first Quincy was more of an amateur lawyer sleuth. He began his career as … Continue reading Quincy Adams Sawyer & Quincy Adams Sawyer (Junior)

Horace Rumpole

Created by John Mortimer (1923-2009 ) Down those mean streets and meaner chambers a man must waddle... Lord knows, he's not a private eye--but I wish he were. Like Philip Marlowe, HORACE RUMPOLE is "a relatively poor man... a common man or he could not go among common people. He has a sense of character, … Continue reading Horace Rumpole

Arthur Beauchamp

Created by William Deverell Vancouver lawyer ARTHUR BEAUCHAMP has lots of personailty. He's alternately cranky, crafty and sly, an Quixotic idealist and a battle-hardened shrewd legal strategist, a lover of poetry and gardening, prone to spouting Latin even as he navigates a seemingly never-ending mid-life crisis, the Canadian equivalent of a certain Old Bailey hack. … Continue reading Arthur Beauchamp

Eddie Flynn

Created by Steve Cavanagh "Lawyers don’t usually question whether or not a client is telling truth. That way lies madness. You do what you have to and trust the system. So, the guilty plead guilty. The innocent fight their case and the jury decides. If a by-product of that process is the emergence of the … Continue reading Eddie Flynn

Johnny Maguire

Created by Richard Himmel (1920-2000) Although he's almost forgotten today, author Richard Himmel was tagged as one of the greatest hard-boiled crime writers of the Fawcett Gold Medal era, starting things off with his first book, I'll Find You in 1950, only the second book GM ever published. But the book, which introduced his series … Continue reading Johnny Maguire

James P. Hillton, Sophia Blossom & Madeleine V. LaCroix

Created by Andrew McAleer "James P. Hilton could have gotten fat on Wall Street with his old man, but like most rebellious Harvard boys, he became a private investigator instead. This is his story."-- the opening of Double Endorsement Lock the doors, here comes trouble. Slacker private eye JAMES P. HILLTON , his partner SOPHIA BLOSSOM, … Continue reading James P. Hillton, Sophia Blossom & Madeleine V. LaCroix

Jack Shannon (Shannon’s Deal)

Created by John Sayles Dear Sir, Just a thought, but if Perry Mason makes your list of detectives shouldn't Jack Shannon of the show Shannon's Deal be there as well? Certainly less well-known, but his show had a definite hard-boiled feel to it. Right down to the small office with the loyal secretary. Most of … Continue reading Jack Shannon (Shannon’s Deal)

Scott Jordan

Created by Harold Q. Masur Other pseudonyms include Helen Traubel, Hal Quincey, Hal Q. Masur (1909-2002) Quick-thinking, in your face New York City attorney SCOTT JORDAN appeared in a string of fast-paced, tightly-plotted novels and short stories, mostly in the fifties and sixties. Whereas Perry Mason, another lawyer with P.I. tendencies, soon settled down, Scott … Continue reading Scott Jordan

Tom Aragon

Created by Margaret Millar (1915-94) A young Chicano lawyer who values his independence and often ends up doing his own investigating, TOM ARAGON, was one of Margaret Millar's's few P.I characters, but she must have liked him -- he was the hero of three novels. A junior partner in a swank southern California law firm, … Continue reading Tom Aragon

John Marshall Tanner

Created by Stephen Greenleaf "...they don't put towns in jail. They probably should, but they don't." -- Tanner in Grave Error A sort of edgier spin on the old Perry Mason/Scott Jordan bit about the lawyer who thinks he's a private eye. JOHN MARSHALL "MARSH" TANNER is a San Francisco private eye who, technically, is … Continue reading John Marshall Tanner