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

Claire McCarron (Leg Work)

Created by Frank Abatemarco "Oh, they do respect her but They love to watch her strut" -- Bob Seger New York private eye CLAIRE McCARRON was of the few female private eyes to have her own show, and it was a helluva step up from Honey West and especially Charlie's Angels, even if some wags … Continue reading Claire McCarron (Leg Work)

Mike Noonan

Created by S.J. Perelman (1904-79) "She... had eyes like dusty lapis lazuli, taffy hair, and a figure that did things to me. I kicked open the bottom drawer of her desk, let two inches of rye trickle down my craw, kissed Birdie square on her lush, red mouth, and set fire to a cigarette." One of the all-time great spoofs of … Continue reading Mike Noonan