Lisa Jamison

Created by Lori Duffy Foster When she got pregnant at fifteen, single mom LISA JAMISON vowed her daughter Bridget would have a better life than she did, and then set about getting her one. It took a while, but she cut ties with her own drug-addled parents and Marty, Bridget's father. Lisa worked her ass … Continue reading Lisa Jamison

Don Strachey

Created by Richard Stevenson Pseudonym of Richard Lipez (1938-2022) Albany, New York private peeper DON STRACHEY is openly gay, a younger (forty-something) more emotional, and slightly flakier persona than Joseph Hansen's middle-aged, controlled Dave Brandstetter. Where Dave is calm and collected, Don is flippant, sassy, sloppy, paranoid, compulsive, impulsive and prone to plots and plans. … Continue reading Don Strachey

Laney Bird

Created by Emilya Naymark LANEY BIRD was once one of New York's Finest, a detective who worked undercover, but then her personal life "imploded." That's when the single mom packed up her bags and became a small town dick (and sometime bus driver) in the upstate boondocks of Sylvan in Rockland County, where she's determined to make … Continue reading Laney Bird

Tim Smith

Created by Donald Westlake (1933-2008)  "This is my town. Mine. I don't run away from it, nobody chases me out." -- Tim SmithWinston, New York, is a town of about 40,000 souls that has seen fit to license one--and only one--private eye. That's because TIM SMITH, the man they've licensed, knows every even halfway sordid … Continue reading Tim Smith

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

Jane Whitefield

Created by Thomas Perry "I'm a guide . . . I show people how to go from places where somebody is trying to kill them to other places where nobody is." JANE WHITEFIELD doesn't think of herself as a private eye. She prefers to think of herself as a "guide." But what she really is is … Continue reading Jane Whitefield

Barney Calhoun

Created by Richard Deming Pseudonyms include Max Franklin, Emily Moor, Ellery Queen (1915-1983) "Don't fret about my ethics, Joe... show me an angle and I'll shoot it." BARNEY CALHOUN is six-foot-two and 210 pounds of ex-cop turned P.I. out of Buffalo, New York, who's tired of eating hamburger. When a wad of cash is waved … Continue reading Barney Calhoun

Dave Gurney

Created by John Verdon For someone who is not a locked room or impossible crime buff, Think of a Number (2010), the first in a popular series featuring DAVE GURNEY, a retired NYC homicide dick, was one hell of an introduction. It's a genre that's easy to make fun of (and I have), but it's actually … Continue reading Dave Gurney

Tecumseh Fox

Created by Rex Stout (1886-1975)   TECUMSEH FOX is a private eye who shows up in a few novels by Rex Stout. Unlike some of his other detectives, Tecumseh is an average-looking guy, except for his "penetrating" brown eyes and his rather dapper fashion sense. Tecumseh lives and works out of a large farm full … Continue reading Tecumseh Fox

Siobhan O’Brien

Created by Sung J. Woo An intriguing and  button-pushing debut, Skin Deep (2020) pokes into all sorts of ideas about identity, race, image and the nature-versus-nurture fandango, and introduces us to middle-aged Korean-American rookie P.I. SIOBHAN O'BRIEN. Very Korean-sounding, huh? Turns out she was adopted by an Irish father and a Norweigan mother as an infant) … Continue reading Siobhan O’Brien