Jack Ryan

Created by Elmore Leonard (1925-2013) With a few notable exceptions, Elmore Leonard didn't really write series characters, or even private eyes, for that matter. Still, his books are full of recurring characters who seemed to randomly wander in and out of his fiction, sometimes only briefly, and sometimes making themselves right at home. And a … Continue reading Jack Ryan

Art Hardin

Created by Robert E. Bailey In his acclaimed, Shamus-nominated first outing, Private Heat (2002), Robert Bailey's retired counter intelligence officer turned private op ART HARDIN is asked by a prominent Grand Rapids, Mich., lawyer to protect his niece from her abusive cop husband. But there's way more here than first meets the eye. It turns … Continue reading Art Hardin

John Rockne

Created by Dan Ames Once a rookie cop in the well-to-do Detroit enclave of Grosse Pointe, on the shores of Like Michigan, , JOHN ROCKNE was kicked off the force after he screwed up big time, making a fatal error in judgement which lead to the brutal murder of a young man. Six years later, … Continue reading John Rockne

Ralph Poteet

Created by Loren D. Estleman Motor City private eye RALPH POTEET is hardly the knight in the shiniest armour. In fact, he's kinda scuzzy, a low-rent bottomfeeder who calls himself a private investigator, but this walking stain will stoop to just about anything, including blackmailing the Catholic church, to keep himself in Four Roses (with … Continue reading Ralph Poteet

Michael MacGruder (Cagney and Lacey)

Created by Steven Brown Intended as a possible spin-off from Cagney & Lacey, Orion Productions had high hopes for "The Bounty Hunter," an unsold pilot disguised as an episode in the popular show's third season. BrianDennehy starred as MICHAEL MacGRUDER, a tough guy manhunter from Michigan on the trail of a bail jumper, who's wanted in New … Continue reading Michael MacGruder (Cagney and Lacey)

Jack Bodine

Created by Thomas Bunn (1944--) Hmmmm.... wonder if he's any relation to Jethro? Lansing, Michigan gumshoe JACK BODINE puts his P.I. ticket on the line frequently, because he tends to take his cases very personally. In the first novel, Worse Than Death (1989), for example, he becomes emotionally attached when he takes on a case involving a … Continue reading Jack Bodine

Amos Walker

Created by Loren D. Estleman (1952--) “When they say Detroit’s coming back, they don’t mean you’re coming with it.” -- When Old Midnight Comes Along "The world's black and white, good and bad, no matter what you hear. The people who say it isn't have already chosen black." -- Amos lays it on the line, … Continue reading Amos Walker

Louis Kincaid

Created by P. J. Parrish Joint pseudonym of Kristy and Kelly Montee At first I was wondering why on earth the PWA nominated Paint It Black, featuring P.J. Parrish's 1980's series character, LOUIS KINCAID, for a Shamus. The Louis Kincaid I knew was a transplanted Detroit cop who journeyed back home to Black Pool, Mississippi … Continue reading Louis Kincaid

August Snow

Created by Stephen Mack Jones His dad was Black and his mom was Hispanic, and there's no doubt former Marine, former police officer and current private eye AUGUST SNOW is inordinately proud of where he comes from--we know that because he constantly reminds us. Still, it's often a thin line he walks between his neighbours … Continue reading August Snow

Alex McKnight

Created by Steve Hamilton  "There is a bullet in my chest, less than a centimeter from my heart.  I don't think about it much anymore." -- opening line, A Cold Day in Paradise Paradise is a small town on Michigan's upper peninsula, hidden among the pine trees on the shores of Lake Superior. There you'll … Continue reading Alex McKnight