“Peekaboo” Frankie Fagan

Created by James Dalessandro According to reader Angelo Hazifotis, "If you have not read James Dalessandro's Bohemian Heart (1993)...you're missing one of the most beloved and original P.I.'s of the nineties." “PEEKABOO” FRANKIE FAGAN is a former San Francisco cop turned long-haired private eye who runs the City Lights Detective Agency, and definitely marches to his … Continue reading “Peekaboo” Frankie Fagan

Ernest DeWalt

Created by Randall Silvis (1950--) "Of all the ways to be wounded. I suppose it was funny." -- The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway Funny? The sun also rises on the P.I. novel, it seems. In An Occasional Hell, a very Hemingwayesque, very literate, very well-received (and Hammett Award-nominated) 1993 novel by Randall Silvis, … Continue reading Ernest DeWalt

One and Done

Some Notable Private Eyes Who've Appeared in Only One Novel Although the success and popularity of the literary private eye seems to be built on series characters, there have been some memorable private eyes who've only appeared in one novel. We even once polled readers of this site back in 1998, although we’ve slowly added … Continue reading One and Done

Carter Mason

Created by Vernon Henkel CARTER MASON is another of those one-shot wonders who popped up in a comic book story once, never to be seen again. In his one appearance, "Mr In-Between," a story in the October 1946 (and only) issue of A-1 Comics, a comic anthology, we're told that "They call him Mr. In-Between because he's … Continue reading Carter Mason

P.J. Colt

P.J. COLT was one of those one-hit wonders who popped up in a comic book story once, and was never heard from again. Although in this case, it was more like a one-shot meh... In his one and only appearance, an untitled story in the Winter 1945 issue of Conqueror Comics, he's head operative for Trouble, … Continue reading P.J. Colt