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, alongside 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

Johnny Métal

Created by Frank Harding Pseudonym of Léon Jean Malet (1909-96) Before he struck gold with Nestor Burma, France's Léo Malet wrote several books featuring coldly professional tough guy New York reporter JOHNNY MÉTAL (an anagram of of Malet!), who acted very much like an American-style hard-boiled private eye, narrated by Johnny in first person, dripping with … Continue reading Johnny Métal

Sydney Kells (Sydney)

Created by Michael J. Wilson and Douglas Wyman What the holy fuck? Valerie Bertinelli, P.I.? No, really... Nobody's ever going to accuse Ms. Bertinelli, with her squeaky clean One Day At a Time TV persona and girl-next-door physique, of being one hot mama. But for a generation of us guys coming of age in the … Continue reading Sydney Kells (Sydney)

Bridgett Logan

Created by Greg Rucka Now here's something you don't see everyday. A six-foot-one female private eye with jet black hair (albeit frequently featuring multi-coloured streaks), a nose-ring, who tools around the Big Apple in a Porsche 911. She also has a severe jones for hard candy, preferably Life Savers. But hey, that's better than the … Continue reading Bridgett Logan

Eddie Flynn

Created by Steve Cavanagh "Lawyers don’t usually question whether or not a client is telling truth. That way lies madness. You do what you have to and trust the system. So, the guilty plead guilty. The innocent fight their case and the jury decides. If a by-product of that process is the emergence of the … Continue reading Eddie Flynn