Chris Conlon (The Spider)

Created by Lowell Brentano & Fulton Oursler In The Spider Woman, a likably cheesy 1945 B-film from Twentieth Century Fox, ex-cop turned slick New Orleans private eye CHRIS CONLON, is caught up in a web of crime. A "web" of crime. Get it? It starts out with Conlon (played by Richard Conte) being hired by Judith Smith (Faye … Continue reading Chris Conlon (The Spider)

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 (Blassingame)

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 his sight, he … Continue reading John Smith (Blassingame)

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

Mike Longstreet

Developed for television by Stirling Silliphant From a character created by Baynard Kendricks The seventies were truly the Golden Age of the TV Dick, when the airwaves were saturated with private eyes and cops of all sizes and shapes. There were so many of them that the nightly barrage of murder and mayhem began to … Continue reading Mike Longstreet