Nick Challis

Created by William F. Nolan Pseudonyms include Frank Anmar, F. E. Edwards & Warren Kastel  (1928-2021) NICK CHALLIS is a private eye out of LA, brought to you by the same man who brought you the sci-fi classic Logan's Run, a couple of essential Hammett biographies, Dashiell Hammett: A Casebook and Dashiell Hammett: A Life … Continue reading Nick Challis

Bart Challis

Created by William F. Nolan Pseudonyms include Frank Anmar, F. E. Edwards & Warren Kastel  (1928-2021) "Mickey Mouse said hello to me. Goofy was trotting along behind him, leading Pluto. Inside each larger-than-life figure some guy was making a buck walking around with a big rubber head. There are worse things to do for a … Continue reading Bart Challis

Harry Palmer

Created by Dennis Broe "I learned how to doctor evidence in my years on the LAPD." -- Left of Eden Set in the Los Angeles of the late 1940s, ex-cop HARRY PALMER and his secretary turned fellow private eye Crystal seem to have a knack for getting in over their heads and annoying very powerful … Continue reading Harry Palmer

Alice Vaughan (The Catch)

Created by Allan Heinberg, Jennifer Schuur & Helen Gregory Based on a treatment by Kate Atkinson So there was this TV show, The Catch (not to be confused with a failed 2005 pilot of the same title), executive produced by TV miracle worker Shonda Rhimes (which seems to be her only contribution to the project). But, … Continue reading Alice Vaughan (The Catch)

Mrs. Wabash (Dicks)

Created by ?? Dicks was a pilot allegedly in production for a proposed TV series, possibly a mid-season replacement on the WB network. It revolved around a quartet of aimless twenty-somethings (a girl and three guys) in Los Angeles -- the smart, sophisticated Molly and three guys--who go to junior college and learn how to be … Continue reading Mrs. Wabash (Dicks)

Floyd Jackson

Created by James Hadley Chase Pseudonym of Rene Brabazon Raymond Other pseudonyms include Raymond Marshall, Ambrose Grant & James L. Dougherty (1906-1985) “Women are funny animals. You never know where you are with them – they don’t often know where they are with themselves.” -- Floyd gets wise Got pulp? In his one known appearance, … Continue reading Floyd Jackson

Janie ‘Strummer’ Jones (Black’s Myth)

Created by Eric Palicki (text) and Wendell Cavalcanti (art) Come out of the closets, you boys and you girls, and meet JANIE "STRUMMER" JONES, yet another comic book werewolf P.I.  Naturally it's a "punk rock urban fantasy noir horror" comic--so my guess is that the P.I. end of the hybrid schtick gets the usual short shrift, but I'll have … Continue reading Janie ‘Strummer’ Jones (Black’s Myth)

Stone & Stine (City of Angels)

Music by Cy Coleman Lyrics by David Zippel Book by Larry Gelbart ''It's as though I was hit by a wrecking ball wearing a pinky ring'' -- Stone City of Angels was an ambitious and well-received musical comedy that wowed them on Broadway in 1989, written by Larry (M*A*S*H) Gelbart, with music by Cy Coleman and lyrics … Continue reading Stone & Stine (City of Angels)

Gus Slavin (Loophole)

Created by Dwight V. Babcock and George Bricker This time out, he's GUS SLAVIN, an LA-based investigator for a bonding service, who's putting the screws on war hero turned nice guy bank teller Mike Donovan (Barry Sullivan, the star of the show, playing the classic noir bonehead/doofus to perfection). Gus is convinced Donovan had something … Continue reading Gus Slavin (Loophole)

Bill Rye

Created by John Spain Pseudonym of Cleve F. Adams (1895-1949) John Spain's BILL RYE is a cynical op whose description will probably remind you of Hammett's description of Sam Spade (or at least that's who I was reminded of). Rye works for a Los Angeles  detective agency run by a gent named Callahan, who raised … Continue reading Bill Rye