“Just One of Those Things”

A Mary Kelly Story by D.L. Browne Fall 2001 The Chinese have a saying: "Dangerous enemies will meet again in narrow streets." The way I remember it, business was slow that November. Carl von Ossietzky won the Nobel Peace Prize and everyone was learning to Rumba. We were between World Wars and the Pinkertons over … Continue reading “Just One of Those Things”

Mary Kelly

Created by Diana Killian Pseudonym of D.L. Browne Other pseudonyms include Josh Lanyon, Colin Dunne, Louise Harris It had to happen. The female eye, So Cal division, finally went retro. In a promising short story debut which creator Diana Killian assured us was just the start, MARY KELLY is an op for the Brannigan Detective … Continue reading Mary Kelly

Robin Bishop

Created by Geoffrey Homes Pseudonym of Daniel Mainwaring (1902-77) ROBIN BISHOP is one of those pesky reporters with a nose for news who acts like a private eye, but isn't. He works for a rag in Los Pinos in southern California, and isn't even particularly tough or wise-cracking, but he manages to get himself into … Continue reading Robin Bishop

Humphrey Campbell

Created by Geoffrey HomesPseudonym of Daniel Mainwaring(1902-77)    Got milk? HUMPHREY CAMPBELL was an operative for the Morgan Missing Persons Bureau ("Missing Persons Located, Heirs Found") in Los Angeles, who appeared in a handful of novels right, who made his debut before the private eye genre was practically codified by the success of a certain Mr. Chandler. … Continue reading Humphrey Campbell

Happy Doll

Created by Jonathan Ames There’s nobody in the world Jonathan Ames likes writing about more than… Jonathan Ames?  "Jonathan Ames” has been his favourite subject in numerous semi-autobiographical articles and essays, collected in such books as What’s Not to Love?: The Adventures of a Mildly Perverted Young Writer and The Double Life is Twice as Good. "Jonathan … Continue reading Happy Doll

Rod Case

Created by John K. Butler (1908-64) Hoo-boy! They sure had some peculiar occupations, those hard-boiled dicks of the pulps. ROD CASE was--I kid you not!--a hard-nosed "special agent" for the Los Angeles-based General Pacific Telephone Company in a handful of short stories that ran in Black Mask in the early 40's. He was somewhat of … Continue reading Rod Case

Richard Abraham Spade (aka “Superspade”)

Created by B. B. Johnson Pseudonym of Joe Greene (1915-86) Here's another fellow who is not technically a private eye, but I swear this cat could give John Shaft a run for his money. Can you dig it? RICHARD ABRAHAM SPADE was a strapping 240-pound fellow who went from the ghetto to UCLA, where he made … Continue reading Richard Abraham Spade (aka “Superspade”)

Chandler

Created by Paul Magwood "Tough guys are so monotonous." Cult fave character actor Warren Oates starred as a tired, almost down-and-out private eye named CHANDLER in the tired, almost down-and-out his private eye film Chandler (1972). That's Chandler, "as in Raymond" as he helpfully explains for those of you who are hard of thinking, and just … Continue reading Chandler

John Collins

Created by Norbert Davis (1909-49) “John Collins was playing the Beale Street Blues and playing it soft and sad because that was the way he felt. The notes dripped through the dimness of the room like molasses and provided an appropriate accompaniment to his thoughts. He had a hangover.” -- the intro to "Don’t You … Continue reading John Collins

John Rogue (Rogue’s Gallery/Film)

Created by Steve Fisher & A.C. Lyles CONFIDENTIAL HUMAN RELATIONS -- sign on Rogue's office door Roger Smith starred in Rogue's Gallery, a 1968 snoozer of a flick, as JOHN ROGUE, a struggling Los Angeles private eye who's hired by a therapist to keep an eye on a suicidal patient, Valerie York, who just happens … Continue reading John Rogue (Rogue’s Gallery/Film)