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

John Thomas Ross

Created by Thomas Bunn (1944--) The copy on the dust jacket of Closet Bones (1977) mentions Sam Spade in referring to private detective JOHN THOMAS ROSS, but the resemblance is closer to Hammett’s other detective, the nameless Continental Op. Ross is paunchy, losing his hair and not getting any younger, but yet not easily waylaid … Continue reading John Thomas Ross

Gus Murphy

Created by Reed Farrel Coleman Retired Suffolk County cop GUS MURPHY thought he was done with the whole cops-and-robbers thing, content to drive the airport courtesy van for the Paragon Hotel and do an occasional low-key, P.I.-type favour for a friend. Until his life hits the fan and he's driven back into the game. Now he's … Continue reading Gus Murphy

Duck Darley

Created by Casey Barrett Unlicensed New York P.I. DUCK DARLEY has been around, and has the physical and emotional scars to prove it. A former felon and alcoholic who's currently walking the more-or-less straight-and-narrow, he self-medicates by vaping pot, attending AA meetings and getting beat up at his local dojo. Oh, he's also the estranged … Continue reading Duck Darley