“Silky” Pincus

Created by Leo Rosten Pseudonyms include Leonard Q. Ross (1908-97) Ever wondered when someone would create a nice Jewish P.I.? Well, look no further, bubeleh. SID "SILKY" PINCUS is a genuinely nice guy, an ex-cop and Vietnam vet who runs a Manhattan detective agency called Watson and Holmes, Incorporated (Chutzpah, anyone?),with his partner, Michael X. … Continue reading “Silky” Pincus

Jack Levine

Created by Andrew Bergman(1945--) "Private dicks aren't known for being great abstract thinkers, Miss Lane, but we can get around town without a map."-- Jack tries to reassure a client in The Big Kiss-Off of 1944    One of the first, and still one of the very best retro eyes, alongside Nate Heller and Toby … Continue reading Jack Levine

Mike Noonan

Created by S.J. Perelman (1904-79) "She... had eyes like dusty lapis lazuli, taffy hair, and a figure that did things to me. I kicked open the bottom drawer of her desk, let two inches of rye trickle down my craw, kissed Birdie square on her lush, red mouth, and set fire to a cigarette." One of the all-time great spoofs of … Continue reading Mike Noonan

Carrie Cashin

Created by Theodore A. Tinsley Other pseudonyms include Reid Sleyton, Maxwell Grant (1894-79) Attractive as sin, hard-boiled as hell. One of the very first of the hardboiled lady dicks of the pulps, and certainly the most popular was Manhattan eye CARRIE CASHIN, who appeared in over three dozen action-packed, fast-paced stories, starting in the November … Continue reading Carrie Cashin

Repairman Jack

Created by F. Paul Wilson "You know, sometimes I wish there was someone else around to handle these jobs." Got a problem? He can fix it. First introduced in the 1984 novel The Tomb, horror writer F. Paul Wilson's REPAIRMAN JACK is simply one hell of an an intriguing, compelling character. He's not a private eye, … Continue reading Repairman Jack

Miles Jacoby

Created by Robert J. Randisi (1951 --) Manhattan-based former boxer and current private eye MILES "KID" JACOBY appears in a series of novels that begin right from his first stumbling steps as a P.I., when -- possibly still a little punch drunk -- he obtains his license in Eye in the Ring (1982). Numerous cameos … Continue reading Miles Jacoby

Henry Swann

Created by Charles Salzberg “I've put in for a personality transplant but evidently I'm way down on the list.” -- from Swann's Down Unlicensed Big Apple skip tracer (calling himself a detective would raise too many expectations) HENRY SWANN works out of a beatdown office in a beatdown Manhattan building full of Salvation Army furniture, which is … Continue reading Henry Swann

Robert McCall (The Equalizer)

Created by Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer. 212-555-4200. Sort of an update of the old TV western Have Gun, Will Travel. Need justice? Wire McCall, Manhattan. That was the premise of The Equalizer, which ran on CBS from 1985 to 1989. Cynical, disillusioned and guilt-ridden, former secret … Continue reading Robert McCall (The Equalizer)

Jonathan Ames (Bored to Death)

Created by Jonathan Ames Ray: "You're an idiot!" Jonathan: "Thanks for understanding." -- from "Super Ray is Mortal!!" There's something a little too self-consciously hip and edgy and meta-smug about the HBO comedy Bored to Death (2009-11), but underneath it all, there beats a warm and generous heart. I think. Jason Schwartzman stars as JONATHAN AMES, … Continue reading Jonathan Ames (Bored to Death)

Matt Scudder

Created by Lawrence Block (1938--) Loads of fictional private eyes drink oceans of booze. Some become invincible, some become silly, some become virtual Einsteins of deduction. MATT SCUDDER had no such luck. He drank and became an alcoholic. He used to be one of New York's Finest, a decent-enough detective, honest enough to get by, … Continue reading Matt Scudder