Jake Barrow

Created by Nick Quarry Pseudonym of Marvin H. Albert Other pseudonyms include Mike Barone, J.D. Christilain, Al Conroy, Albert Conroy, Ian MacAlister, Anthony Rome 1924-96 A tough, no-nonsense private eye from New york City, JAKE BARROW slugged his way through six solid Gold Medal paperback originals in the late fifties/early sixties. The series kicks off with … Continue reading Jake Barrow

Braddock

Created by Paul Monash Tom Sicox starred as BRADDOCK, a private eye in the not-distant-future on the trail of some stolen components for a new later device, while contending with a jealous lover or two. Braddock, supposedly "the last private eye in America," relied on “old fashioned methods”--none of those fancy-schmancy “computerized” tricks for him. A … Continue reading Braddock

Cheryl Singer (The Danger Team)

Created by Tom Greene and Michael Wagner Rookie gumshoe CHERYL SINGER worked her cases--or at least that was the plan--with some rather unusual assistants:  three animated clay characters in The Danger Team, an undercooked 1990 pilot from ABC. Unfortunately for the producers, like the much-loved Claymation Christmas Special, only a few who managed to catch it, and the … Continue reading Cheryl Singer (The Danger Team)

Alexander L’Hiboux (The Owl)

Created by Bob Forward "I am the Owl. And the Owl never sleeps." For those of you who like a little pulp baked right into the mix, you ought to get a kick out of Bob Forward's two explosive books featuring ALEXANDER L'HIBOUX, whose street name is "THE OWL" ("L'hiboux" is French for "owl"). When … Continue reading Alexander L’Hiboux (The Owl)

Eric Bolan (The Silent Whisper)

Created by Jonathan Betuel When the family of a San Francisco cop ERIC BOLAN (David Beecroft) discovered his wife and two young children had been targeted by the serial killer he had  been investigating, he rushed to defend them--but arrived too late, and had his throat and his vocal chords slashed. Left unable to speak, … Continue reading Eric Bolan (The Silent Whisper)

Marcus “Gabby” Hayes & Gandolph “Gandy” Fitch (Gabby & Gandy)

Gandolph Fitch created by Gordon Dawson Marcus Hayes created by Chas. Floyd Johnson, Dorothy J. Bailey & Stephen J. Cannell "Gabby and Gandy - sounds like a puppet show." --Jim, on learning of the proposed new partnership, in "Just Another Polish Wedding" I loved the original Spenser for Hire, but have always wanted to see a … Continue reading Marcus “Gabby” Hayes & Gandolph “Gandy” Fitch (Gabby & Gandy)

Michael Brennen

Created by Fred Zackel "Playing detective is like being a gravedigger. There's always dirt to be dug up, people willing to pay to have it dug up. But what kind of a man wants to spend his life scrounging for human rot six feet underground?" -- Brennen in Cocaine and Blue Eyes Middle-aged San Francisco … Continue reading Michael Brennen

Not Quite Ready for Prime Time

Pilots That Didn't Fly & Spin-offs That Didn't Spin Television has always been a battlefield when it comes to getting a show actually on the air, and the P.I. genre has had it as rough as any other genre, although the nineties were particularly brutal. Some of these aired and nobody bit, and some of … Continue reading Not Quite Ready for Prime Time