Rita Gaspereaux (The Big Man’s Daughter)

Created by Owen Fitzstephen Pseudonym of Gordon McAlpine Owen Fitzstephen's book is called The Big Man's Daughter, and it doesn't really have a detective in it, but... Explaining one of Fitzstephen's books is a bit like skiing about soup. This is really just the author playing fast and loose (and possibly avoiding lawsuits from the … Continue reading Rita Gaspereaux (The Big Man’s Daughter)

Clyde Umney

Created by Stephen King (1947--) Though obviously he's best known for his horror and fantasy fiction, Stephen King has been known to dabble in other genres from time to time -- including ours. He's also sung the praises of various crime and mystery writers, with John D. MacDonald being a particular favourite, and he's paid … Continue reading Clyde Umney

Oscar Fife

Created by Jonathan Lethem Jonathan Lethem is, of course,  a big shot American writer; an acclaimed  novelist, essayist, and short story writer. His first novel, Gun, with Occasional Music (1994) was a tongue-in-cheek mish-mash of science fiction and detective fiction, featuring private "inquisitor" Conrad Metcalf and a slew of genetically modified kangaroos packing heat. Lethem may be a … Continue reading Oscar Fife