Andy Brice

Created by Lee Roberts Pseudonym of Robert Martin (1908-76) Ohio private eye ANDY BRICE only appeared in one novel, as far as I can figure out, 1952's Little Sister by Lee Roberts, but his ancestry goes back a little further. The paperback original was actually an expanded version of "Pardon My Poison," an earlier short story by … Continue reading Andy Brice

Lee Fiske

Created by Robert Martin Pseudonyms include Lee Roberts (1908-76) Although Robert Martin's best known for the long string of novelettes and novels he wrote about Cleveland, Ohio gumshoe Jim Bennett (and his secretary and future wife, Sandy Hollis), he also penned several pulp shorts about equally sympathetic private eye LEE FISKE , occasionally under the pen name of Lee … Continue reading Lee Fiske

Jim Bennett

Created by Robert Martin  Pseudonyms include Lee Roberts (1908-1976) Cleveland, Ohio's own JIM BENNETT was a rarity in detective fiction in the fifties--a happily-married man. Thomas Dewey, Bart Spicer and James M. Fox are about the only other writers of this period that seemed to stray from the whole lone wolf/P.I. thing. His long-suffering wife … Continue reading Jim Bennett

Eli Paxton

Created by Mike Resnick (1942-2020) "Marlowe's my dog. I don't like him much, and he's not real fond of me..." -- Eli in The Trojan Colt Noted sci-fi writer (and closet mystery fan) Resnick cried havoc and let slip a shaggy dog of a tale in 2001's Dog in the Manger. Down-but-not-quite-out fiftyish private eye … Continue reading Eli Paxton

Tommy Cuda

Created by Joe Klingler Now here's a weird one... TOMMY CUDA isn't a private eye -- he's a grease monkey slacker pushing thirty, a perennial college student still living at home with a vinyl record collection, an electric guitar, a bookcase full of mystery paperbacks and a headful of dreams, with absolutely nothing going on … Continue reading Tommy Cuda

Max Anderson

Created by Michael DeSanto "My girlfriend won't talk to me, the police won't listen to me, and the mob is trying to kill me. My life is a mess. Again." Michael DeSanto hasn't heard of you either. He wrote, directed, and did the cinematography and some of the music for this low, low budget (allegedly … Continue reading Max Anderson

Holly Gibney

Created by Stephen King When Stephen King finally delivered on his promise to one day write a hard-boiled detective novel, he pretty much blew everyone away with the Edgar-winning  Mr. Mercedes (2014), which played it almost straight, and introducing retired Ohio cop Bill Hodges. When we first meet him in Mr. Mercedes (2014), he's bored and miserable. … Continue reading Holly Gibney

Morgan Butler

Created by David Anthony Pseudonym  of William Dale Smith In his first book appearance, 1969's The Midnight Lady and the Mourning Man, David Anthony's hard-boiled sleuth MORGAN BUTLER is a former cop and ex-farmer who reluctantly takes on a gig as a campus security officer at Jordan College in Jordan City, Ohio, as a favour … Continue reading Morgan Butler

Lincoln Perry

Created by Michael Koryta Damn. It's tempting to simply rag on author Michael Koryta's age (or lack of it) when he published his first book, but that would just be too easy. I mean, really, how dare this twenty year old punk win the 2003 SMP/PWA Contest for Best First P.I. Novel? But Lord knows, … Continue reading Lincoln Perry

Andy Hayes

Created by Andrew Welsh-Huggins ANDY HAYES is a disgraced Ohio State football quarterback who, two decades later, finds himself a Columbus, Ohio private eye; and one whose cases often drop him right into the centre of controversial issues. But he comes about it naturally -- his creator, Andrew Welsh-Huggins, is a writer and editor with … Continue reading Andy Hayes