Watson & Holmes

Created by Karl Bollers and Rick Leonardi "No time for explanation, the game's afoot!" Ever wonder what would have happened if  Sherlock Holmes had been an inner city black dude? Me neither. But comic book scribe Karl Bollers did just that, and it was a pretty fun spin on the Great One. His HOLMES is … Continue reading Watson & Holmes

Steve Drake

Created by Richard Ellington (1914-80) "Broadway is my beat and murder is my business!" -- cover blurb from Shakedown Over the course of five novels and a few short stories, former actor and G.I. and current Broadway wisenheimer STEVE DRAKE finds that private investigation may not be the nicest work in the world, but "it's … Continue reading Steve Drake

Philip Macadam

Created by Hillary Waugh Pseudonyms include Elissa Grandower, H. Baldwin Taylor, Harry Walker.  (1920-2008) Best known for his police procedurals, Hillary Waugh also found the time to create a handful of memorable private eyes, including PHILIP MACADAM, a traditional NYC gumshoe who only makes one appearance, in 1958's The Girl Who Cried Wolf. In this … Continue reading Philip Macadam

Viviana Valentine

Created by Emily J. Edwards “I’ve been a Girl Friday for the best P.I. in the city for years, ya moron… You think I didn’t learn a thing or two?” Rough-and-tumble Tommy Fortuna is allegedly the best private eye in 1950s New York City, but it turns out VIVIANA VALENTINE, his spunky, long-time "Girl Friday" (her … Continue reading Viviana Valentine

Shep Stone

Created by Jeff Jacks An unlicensed New York private eye working the Greenwich Village area, SHEP STONE, only made two appearances, both in Fawcett Gold Medal paperback originals in the early seventies. According to Robert Randisi, these two hard-to-find novels are full of "great P.I. stuff with a wonderful New York atmosphere." In fact, in … Continue reading Shep Stone

Ray Wyatt

Created by Rick Mofina A new thriller by Mofina is always good news, but a new trilogy? Sign me up.  RAY WYATT is a seasoned reporter, one of the go-to guys for the First Press Alliance, a wire service based in Manhattan that covers the world, which is why Ray seems to always have his … Continue reading Ray Wyatt

Jason Chase

Created by Stephen Marlowe Pseudonym of Milton Lesser Other pseudonyms include Adam Chase, Andrew Frazer, Jason Ridgway, C.H. Thames, S.M. Teneshaw, Gerald Vance, Alexander Blade, Darius John Granger, Adam Chase, Stephen Wilder, Ellery Queen (1928–2008) “I made a considerable dent in the bourbon reserves of three bars. Maybe I couldn’t quite walk a straight line after that, … Continue reading Jason Chase

Tony Hunter

Created by Robert George Dean Pseudonyms include George Griswold (1904 - 1989)   Ace operative for the New York-based Schmidt Detective Agency, ANTHONY "TONY” HUNTER was a suitably hard-boiled, suitably hard-drinking and suitably flirtatious private eye with a suitably attractive receptionist and secretary, Irma, who appeared in ten novels in the thirties through the fifties. He … Continue reading Tony Hunter

Pat Thompson

Created by Robert George Dean Pseudonyms include George Griswold (1904-89) "So this is what comes of trying to drink a woman under the table. Just a sacrifice on the altar of insurance!” — Pat the morning after... Tucked away in the wrinkles and folds of the Shamus Game is this little rarity—a hard-boiled private eye … Continue reading Pat Thompson

Hal Darling

Created by Ed LacyPseudonym of Leonard S. ZinbergOther pseudonyms include Steve April, Russell Turner(1911-1968) "You private dicks are an insult to any real cop's guts!”— Lieutenant Hank Saltz Ed Lacy was already a prolific writer, having written and sold hundreds of articles and short stories to various magazines, and even had a few books under … Continue reading Hal Darling