Sandy Stern

Created by Scott Turow (1949--) "A defense lawyer is like a person feeling along a wall, looking for a light switch in the dark." -- Sandy Stern, quoted in The Laws of Our Fathers ALEJANDRO "SANDY" STERN is no private eye. And he's sure no Perry Mason. But like Erle Stanley Gardner's famous creation, Sandy is a … Continue reading Sandy Stern

Jake Lassiter

Created by Paul Levine "The past clings to me like mud on rusty cleats" -- Jake looks back, in Bum Deal After graduating from the Penn State University, JAKE LASSITER went on to a short and not exactly stellar pro football career as a second string linebacker for the Miami Dolphins. Encouraged by a cheerleader … Continue reading Jake Lassiter

Hugo Oakes

Created by J. Lane Linklater Pseudonym of Alexander William Watkins (1892-1971) "Have you got any money?" "Why, no, sir, but—" "Then get out,” said Hugo Oakes. -- Hugo deals with a potential client in "The Second Message" When he left the pulps and turned to novels about private eye Silas Booth, Anthony Boucher suggested that Linklater … Continue reading Hugo Oakes

Brady Coyne

Created by William G. Tapply BRADY COYNE is a Boston lawyer, but the books featuring him have very little to do with legal hijinks. He does, however, get involved in a lot of shit, sometimes as a corollary to his legal practice, but more often as a favor to a friend or out of simple … Continue reading Brady Coyne

Henry Rios

Created by Michael Nava (1954 --) HENRY RIOS's a gay, Hispanic, heart-on-his-sleeve criminal defense lawyer and recovering alcoholic (whew!) from San Francisco. He's got quite a rep as a ''rescuer,'' a ''fixer of broken lives'' who's willing to do things his way. But this ain't no Pollyanna feelgood series. Here there be darkness... Henry went … Continue reading Henry Rios

Mickey Haller

Created by Michael Connelly "Everybody lies... Cops lie. Lawyers lie. Witnesses lie. The victims lie. A trial is a contest of lies." -- Mickey Haller in The Brass Verdict Best known for his popular series about dark horse cop (and sometime private eye) Harry Bosch, author Michael Connelly has also dabbled with other almost-eye protagonists, … Continue reading Mickey Haller

Arthur G. Crook

Created by Anthony Gilbert Pseudonym of Lucy Beatrice Malleson (1899-1973) "My clients are never guilty." -- Arthur's motto The aptly-named ARTHUR G. CROOK is a rather shifty, but charming London lawyer-detective who doesn't seem to know much law, but is apparently more than willing to do just about anything or go just about anywhere for … Continue reading Arthur G. Crook

Perveen Mistry

Created by Sujata Massey PERVEEN MASSEY, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family in Bombay has just received a top notch legal education from Oxford, and before you can say "Perry Mason," she's joined Mistry Law, her father's law firm, becoming Bombay's first (and so far only) only female lawyer. But it's her hands-on approach … Continue reading Perveen Mistry

Perry Mason

Created by Erle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970) PERRY MASON is Raymond Burr as a Defense Attorney, right? Not a P.I., right? Well, sorta. In the first ten or so books by pulpmeister Erle Stanley Gardner, Perry comes off as a particularly hard-boiled lawyer/detective, throwing his weight around, breaking and entering, and other private eye shenanigans, not above … Continue reading Perry Mason

Lester Leith

Created By Erle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970) "Do you know, Scuttle, an impartial observer hearing Sergeant Ackley's theories might come to the conclusion I was guilty of some crime or another..." He's not really a private eye, in that he doesn't really take on paying customers, but he certainly gets paid (and paid well) for his, … Continue reading Lester Leith