“Give the Woman Credit”

By John Swan Featuring John Swan Fall 2001 "Jezus H. How can she do that?" "Practice," Meg says matter-of-factly, watching the video monitor parked in a cracked bookshelf across from my desk. I'm warming the squeaky-wheeled chair behind the desk, my head cranked sidewise for the action on screen. "Yeah but still..." Meg's barely listening. She's … Continue reading “Give the Woman Credit”

John Swan

Created by John Swan Pseudonym of Kerry J. Schooley Other pseudonyms include Slim Volumes (1949-2010) "The next day's news said (a former client) had survived a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Yeah, well, he would. Maybe if I'd hung in there long enough I could have prevented it. But I didn't give a shit." -Swan gets all … Continue reading John Swan

Abe Applebaum (The Kid Detective)

Created by Evan Morgan "It's difficult to accept the difference between who you are in your head and who you are in the world." Most coming-of-age films don't follow a man in his thirties, but the quirky, creepy indie The Kid Detective sure does. ABE APPLEBAUM became the pride and joy of his small hometown … Continue reading Abe Applebaum (The Kid Detective)

“A Hard-Boiled Christmas”

By Stephen Reid "I refuse to don this ridiculous costume.." Albert sucked in his belly and swelled up like a rooster.  "A saint I ain't, Mac. I am a highly regarded thespian." "You're a highly regarded has-been, is what you are, Albert. Now sit down and try those boots on." I had to pick the … Continue reading “A Hard-Boiled Christmas”

“Mac” MacCauley

Created by Stephen Reid (1950-2018) "After fifteen years as a private investigator -- the last ten as a practising drunk --I had lost my license twice and my self-respect more times than I could count. The chances of me ever regaining either were between zero and entropy." That's how long-past-his-prime P.I. "MAC" MacCAULEY sums up … Continue reading “Mac” MacCauley

Gord Stewart

Created by John McFetridge "Why not, as a location scout I spend my life finding things that people believe are something else; a bar in Toronto is in New York, the front of a house propped up on an empty lot in Oshawa is a haunted house in Maine in 1955, half of downtown is … Continue reading Gord Stewart

Doug D’Mello (The Indian Detective)

Created by Frank Spotnitz and Smita Bhide Okay, so DOUG D'MELLO is not a private eye. What he is is a recently demoted (to Constable Fourth Class) and suspended (for a month) member of the Toronto Metropolitan Police Force, following a spectacularly botched drug arrest. That went viral. Of course, that's not the real hook for … Continue reading Doug D’Mello (The Indian Detective)

Sam Jones

Created by Mike Knowles Diane: “You a cop or something?” Jones: “I’m a something.” Diane: “What does that mean?” Jones: “I’m a private investigator.” Diane: “Shut up. That’s not a real thing.” -- Running from the Dead Those who lament that Canadian author Knowles' professional go-between and career criminal Wilson isn't really a private eye … Continue reading Sam Jones

Wilson

Created by Mike Knowles Who says Canadians are nice? At one point in Darwin's Nightmare (2008), a hard-charging series debut, career criminal and certified nasty piece of work  WILSON confesses he isn’t “one of the good guys.” Well, duh. Before this blitzkrieg of a crime novel has run its course, young Wilson will have inflicted … Continue reading Wilson

Deacon Riis

Created by John Jantuen To say that bumbling newshawk DEACON RIIS, is the hero of No Quarter (2018), would be misleading. In this thriller, the first of a proposed trilogy by Canadian writer John Jantuen, Deacon, the only full-time reporter for local paper The Chronicle, is nobody's hero. Not even that of Rain, the woman twenty years … Continue reading Deacon Riis