Marty Quade

Created by Emile C. Tepperman Pseudonym include John Benton, Anthony Clements, Brant House, Kenneth Robeson, Curtis Steele, Grant Stockbridge, Robert Wallace (1899-1951) Prolific pulpster Emile C. Tepperman (about whom little seems to be known other than that he was born in 1899 and died in 1951), created dozens of crime-fighting series characters for the rough paper magazines, … Continue reading Marty Quade

J.T. Spanner

Created by Thomas Chastain  High-flying New York private eye J. T. SPANNER drives a T-Bird, and has two ex-wives on the payroll. The dude must have charm to burn. He stars in two suspense-filled novels, Pandora's Box (1974) and Vital Statistics (1977), that spotlighted his private investigative skills and what John Conquest in Trouble is Their Business calls "bizarre … Continue reading J.T. Spanner

John Klute (Klute)

Created by Andy and Dave Lewis "Tell me, Klute, did we get you a little? Huh? Just a little bit? Us city folk? The sin, the glitter, the wickedness? Huh?" "Ah - that's so pathetic." -- Klute responds to Bree's taunts with his typical brevity. Donald Sutherland plays tight-lipped small-town sleuth JOHN KLUTE in Klute, … Continue reading John Klute (Klute)

“Silky” Pincus

Created by Leo Rosten Pseudonyms include Leonard Q. Ross (1908-97) Ever wondered when someone would create a nice Jewish P.I.? Well, look no further, bubeleh. SID "SILKY" PINCUS is a genuinely nice guy, an ex-cop and Vietnam vet who runs a Manhattan detective agency called Watson and Holmes, Incorporated (Chutzpah, anyone?), with his partner, Michael … Continue reading “Silky” Pincus

Jack Levine

Created by Andrew Bergman(1945--) "Private dicks aren't known for being great abstract thinkers, Miss Lane, but we can get around town without a map."-- Jack tries to reassure a client in The Big Kiss-Off of 1944    One of the first, and still one of the very best retro eyes, predating both Nate Heller and Toby … Continue reading Jack Levine

Joe Boone (Where’s Marlowe?)

Created by John Mankiewicz and Daniel Pyne Where's Marlowe?, a cinematic gene splice of Spinal Tap and The Maltese Falcon begs the question, "Who's zoomin' who?" This sly, clever 1998 mockumentary "failed upward from a discarded TV pilot to art movie favourite", according to Dick Lochte. Two hip young New York City filmmakers, Wilton Crawley … Continue reading Joe Boone (Where’s Marlowe?)

Amy Gray (Spygirl)

Created by Amy Gray "You're on boycott. I'm sending you a one-way ticket to disstown." -- an old boyfriend dismisses Amy In her best-selling 2003 roman à clef Spygirl, Big Apple writer Amy Gray relates her "True Adventures from My Life as a Private Eye." Gray was a twenty-something grunt toiling away in the New … Continue reading Amy Gray (Spygirl)

Jerry (and Danny) Nelson

Created by Howard Schoenfeld (1915-2004) Double your pleasure, double your fun.... Let Them Eat Bullets, besides offering some rather peculiar dietary advice, is a rock 'em, sock 'em, paperback original from the folks at Fawcett Gold Medal about JERRY NELSON, your typical tough guy New York eye, who has an ace up his sleeve--an identical … Continue reading Jerry (and Danny) Nelson

Mary Carner

Created by Zelda F. Popkin Pseudonym of Jenny Feinberg (1898-1983) "Mary looked like year before last's debutante, last June's bride, this year's young matron. Prospective shoplifters, hesitating before a haul, never guessed that the pretty, well-groomed young woman in the oxford gray suit and kolinsky scarf, standing beside them at the counter, was far more … Continue reading Mary Carner

Sarge Steel

Created by Pat Mussili, Joe Gill and Dick Giardino "A cool knowing man who savors danger... who will not make one concession to fear... and whose fees may be as little as a smile from a pretty girl!" -- cover blurb from Sarge Steel--Private Detective #1 At 6'1", 198 pounds, blue eyes, black hair and a … Continue reading Sarge Steel