Created by Adam Sternbergh "It's hokey but it's true. You learn things hauling trash." -- Shovel Ready In his relatively well-received debut, Shovel Ready (2014), Adam Sternbergh, culture editor for the New York Times Magazine and former editor-at-large at New York Magazine, paints a suitably bleak but well-rendered picture of a post-apocalyptic Big Apple that's … Continue reading Spademan

“Beauty” Black

Created by Edward Ronns Pseudonym of Edward S. Aarons Other psedonyms include Paul Ayres (1916-1975) He may have been better known for his countless he-man Sam Durrell spy novels published by Fawcett Gold Medal under his real name, but Edward S. Aarons got his start pumping out fast-paced action short stories under various pen names … Continue reading “Beauty” Black

Charlie Byrne

Created by Kieran Shea “Whoa now! Somebody pinch me! Charlie Byrne? Is there a full moon out tonight or what? How’s the whitest motherfucker this brother know?” --Deech greets Charlie in "Happenstance Therapy" CHARLIE BYRNE is a struggling Atlantic City-based private eye who appeared in a dozen or so hard, tough stories by Kieran Shea, … Continue reading Charlie Byrne

Ezell “Easy” Barnes

Created by Richard HilaryPseudonym of Richard Bodino & Hilary Connors "...lyng to your detective is one of the privileges you get billed for."-- Easy explains how it works to a client in Pieces of Cream. In the long, mostly dry winter of discontent for Black eyes between Ernest Tidyman's ground-breaking Shaft, and Walter Mosley's game-changing … Continue reading Ezell “Easy” Barnes

Arnie Sutter (Big Shamus, Little Shamus)

Created by Tracy Hotchner Developed by Christopher Knopf Single dad ARNIE SUTTER lives with his cute-as-the-dickens thirteen-year-old, Max, and works as the long-time house dick at the once-glamorous Hotel Ansonia in Atlantic City. And then legalized gambling comes to town, in the ill-fated Big Shamus, Little Shamus, a 1979 American TV show that stank so … Continue reading Arnie Sutter (Big Shamus, Little Shamus)

Corey Douglas, Laurie Carpenter, Marcus Clark & Simon Garfunkel (The K Team)

Created by David Rosenfelt Talk about going to the dogs... Writer David Rosenfelt's pooch-loving lawyer-sleuth Andy Carpenter has seen his own bestselling series pretty much taken over by Tara, his beloved Golden Retriever, and a revolving cast of assorted affable canines. And now he's gone and spun-off a whole new series, which has recently retired Paterson, New Jersey … Continue reading Corey Douglas, Laurie Carpenter, Marcus Clark & Simon Garfunkel (The K Team)

Mike Angel

Created by David H. Fears "My dick was hot now, expectant. She was Kimbra, in the flesh." -- from Dark Glory   Hoo-boy. New York gumshoee MIKE ANGEL is the hero of a string of enthusiastically self-published "historical erotic" mysteries, that promises plenty of old-fashioned good stuff. When we first meet him in Dark Quarry … Continue reading Mike Angel

Diana Andrews

Created by Albert Tucher Defiant, unapologetic and streetwise DIANA ANDREWS is a crime-solving hooker in New Jersey who has -- so far -- appeared in more than seventy hard-boiled short stories in venues including the anthology The Best American Mystery Stories 2010." So... she's not a private eye, not exactly -- more of a gifted amateur. … Continue reading Diana Andrews

Jackson Donne

Created by Dave White JACKSON DONNE knows a few things about chances. The New Jersey eye's had several. Once upon a time, he was a narcotics cop. That came in handy, since he was also a narcotics user. That came crashing down, leaving Donne on the outs with the police. When we meet him in … Continue reading Jackson Donne

Harry Rane

Created by Wallace Stroby Before he was a big shot New York Times bestseller and drawing praise from folks like Stephen King and Lawrence Block, Wallace Stroby (the Crissa Stone series) kicked off his novel-writing career with a couple of damn good hard-boiled P.I. thrillers featuring former New Jersey State Trooper HARRY RANE. Widowed, grief-stricken and … Continue reading Harry Rane