Matt Murdock

Created by Robert J. Ray (1935--) Happiness is a warm gun for MATT MURDOCK, a pistol-packin' P.I. from Orange County. The blurbs may mention Philip Marlowe and Travis McGee, but there's more than a little Mike Hammer and Mack Bolan tossed in here, too. Matt was an army brat who grew up all over the … Continue reading Matt Murdock

Delilah West

Created by Maxine O'Callaghan (1937 --) Orange County, California is the stomping ground of street-smart private eye DELILAH WEST, who's been around longer than even Sharon, Kinsey or V.I. She made her first appearance in a short story in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine way back in 1974, predating all of them. But for some reason, … Continue reading Delilah West

Jack Wade

Created by Don Winslow "As a fire investigator, Bentley makes a good fisherman." --not everyone's as good as Jack... To be honest, Don Winslow's standalone┬áCalifornia Fire and Life (1999), featuring JACK WADE, a disgraced cop/slacker surfer dude/hotdog insurance claims adjuster specializing in arson, just blew me away. It's a dizzying, circular ride that begins and … Continue reading Jack Wade