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. HILLTONĀ , 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

Billy Bob Holland

Created by James Lee Burke Writer James Lee Burke, best known for Cajun almost-P.I. Dave Robicheaux has another crack with Deaf Smith, Texas attorney BILLY BOB HOLLAND. Like his more famous creation, Billy Bob is a troubled gent, haunted by the violence of his ancestors (a few of whom have starred in books of their … Continue reading Billy Bob Holland

Ken Corning

Created by Erle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970) Erle Stanley Gardner, the creator of Perry Mason, was one of the leading writers for Black Mask, the legendary hard-boiled crime fiction magazine. Although Mason never actually made it into its pages, in the early 1930s the pulp published a string of six short stories starring a slick, crusading … Continue reading Ken Corning