Bill “the Hook” Lockwood

Created by Brad Latham BILL "THE HOOK" LOCKWOOD, better known by the nickname he received in his boxing days for his hard-hitting left, is a high-living chief investigator for the Transatlantic Insurance Company out of New York City. He was the hero in a series that tried to stand out from the usual Men's Adventure … Continue reading Bill “the Hook” Lockwood

Rocky Steele

Created by John B. West (1905-60) Perhaps not surprisingly, ALOYSIUS ALGERNON STEELE prefers to be called "ROCKY." Can you really blame him? After all, neither Aloysius nor Algernon is the kinda monicker any self-respecting hard-boiled P.I. wants to go by. And as a Lucky-smoking, cognac-swigging, ex-boxer and former commando (he saw action in the Pacific … Continue reading Rocky Steele

Spademan

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

Quinny Hite

Created by Richard Burke (1886-1962) QUINNY HITE? QUINNY? How the hell did this guy ever survive childhood with a monicker like that? But I guess he did survive, first as a cop and later as a cocky, derby-wearing private dick around town. Not that he's some swanky member of the elite--nope, Quinny definitely a working … Continue reading Quinny Hite

Bryce Patch

Created by Bill S. Ballinger Pseudonyms include B.S. Sanborn and Frederic Fryer (1912-1980) From the blurb: "A real sock-it-to-'em mystery about Private Eye BRYCE PATCH and his two cases--one to find the killer of an old friend and the other commissioned in the queen-sized bed of an ex-show girl looking for her ex-husband." A relatively … Continue reading Bryce Patch

Rex Howard

Created by Ferguson Findley Pseudonym of Charles Weiser Frey (1910-63) "They Killed My Sister -- And I Want Revenge" -- how's that for a front cover tag? Private eye REX HOWARD sounds pretty like all the other Spillanesque eyes snorting their way through the paperback racks of the fifties and early sixties.The publisher even helpfully … Continue reading Rex Howard

Cash Wale

Created by Peter Paige Pseudonym of Morton Wolson (1913-2003) "It all began with the dog who liked beer..." -- the opening of "A Corpse for Cinderella" Yet another hard-boiled private eye from the pulps, Peter Paige's CASH WALE was a New York City dick very much in the Race Williams vein, full of gunplay and fisticuffs, … Continue reading Cash Wale

Candid Jones

Created by Richard Sale Pseudonyms include Bernard Elas, Seymour Richards, John St. John (1911-93) "I was never afraid of any man, and I always figured that if a guy was going to get rough with you, the best thing to do was to get rough with him first." -- "Long Shot" Weegee-like freelance photographer/investigator TERRENCE "CANDID" JONES … Continue reading Candid Jones

Daffy Dill

Created by Richard Sale Pseudonyms include Bernard Elas, Seymour Richards, John St. John (1911-93) Nearly every detective pulp worth its salt had some sort of brash, wisecracking reporter lurking among its regulars, sticking his nose into things, and Detective Fiction Weekly was no exception. It had easy-going (but pistol-packing) JOE "DAFFY" DILL of The New York Chronicle, always seemingly … Continue reading Daffy Dill

Garth Frederickson

Created by George C. Chesbro (1940-2008) A series of short stories featuring GARTH FREDERICKSON, a former NYPD lieutenant now pounding the pavement as a private investigator in Cairn, New York, a Big Apple suburb. If Garth's last name, or his creator's identity ring a bell, it's because Garth's "weird little brother" is world-renown criminalogist/private eye … Continue reading Garth Frederickson