Si Reardon

Created by Sidney Williams Private eye or assassin? In SI REARDON's debut appearance, 2020's Fool's Run, it's kinda hard to tell. Si's not exactly doing well--he's divorced, his ex has custody of their daughter, and career opportunities are the ones that never knocks for a disgraced ex-cop just out of prison (for shooting his partner). And then … Continue reading Si Reardon

John Smith

(1909-1985); see pseudonyms Created by Wyatt Blassingame Pseudonyms include Van Cort & William B. Rainey (1909-85) Have ears, will travel? I'm not sure if this was a corrective to the defective detectives craze or not, but Wyatt Blassingame's JOHN SMITH was definitely on the mend. Once upon a time, he'd been blind, but having been robbed of … Continue reading John Smith

“The Safest Place on Earth”

By Mark Best Featuring Dan Brogan Spring 2005 Chastity Reiling's picture stared down at me as I sat on the sofa. She looked to be about ten in the picture, four years younger than she was now. I had seen more recent pictures of her, and she was fast becoming a beautiful young woman. But … Continue reading “The Safest Place on Earth”

“Still Water”

By Graham Powell Summer 2001 "Mr. Ross," she said, "I need your help." Her name was Helen Rhinehart. She sat on the very edge of her seat like a bird on a perch. Her navy blue dress matched her shoes and the handbag she kept clutched in her lap. No jewelry; just a plain gold … Continue reading “Still Water”

Johnny Bordelon

Created by George Ogan JOHNNY BORDELON is a New Orleans-based P.I., a former cop with the NOPD, a painter by vocation, who lives in converted stable on Rampart Street. He is described as being six feet tall and being of French-Cajun descent, born and raised in rural New Iberia parrish (these days the haunt of … Continue reading Johnny Bordelon

Rex Randolph, Cal Calhoun & Kenny Madison (Bourbon Street Beat)

Created by Charles Hoffman (?) Bourbon Street Beat (1959-60) was the first (but least commercially successful) of all the 77 Sunset Strip clones churned out by Warner Brothers TV factory back in the sixties, despite the intriguing setting of New Orleans. It was, arguably, the best of the bunch, but it got little love at … Continue reading Rex Randolph, Cal Calhoun & Kenny Madison (Bourbon Street Beat)

Will Novak

Created by Linda Ladd If retired SEAL and former NYPD cop WILL NOVAK had his druthers, he'd probably be kicking back and enjoying a cold beer or two in his crumbling mansion outside New Orleans deep in the Bayou Bonne or his fancy downtown New Orleans apartment on Bourbon Street, or out on the ocean in … Continue reading Will Novak

Chanse MacLeod

Created by Greg Herren Big Easy private eye CHANSE MacLEOD is suitably cynical, predictably tough and prone to wisecracks. He knows his way around town and, in a nice change of pace, is gay. When we first meet him, in 2002's Murder in the Rue Dauphine, he has a little money in the bank, so … Continue reading Chanse MacLeod

Scotty Bradley

Created by Greg Herren Former go-go dancer and personal trainer SCOTTY BRADLEY (please don't call him Milton) is quite the boy around town, juggling assorted lovers (ex-FBI hunk Frank Sobieski and the enigmatic Colin Cioni), a recreational drug habit (Ecstasy, mostly), a family of wingnuts (including hippie parents and an over-achieving elder brother), hit-and-miss psychic … Continue reading Scotty Bradley

Lew Griffin

Created by James Sallis (1944--) "There was a half-filled glass of bourbon and an almost empty bottle on the desk. A fly floated in what was left in the glass. I thought about it, fished the fly out with a letter opener, drank, poured in the rest of the bottle." -- Lew meets the titular … Continue reading Lew Griffin