Private Detective No. 39

Created by John W. Postgate Pseudonyms include James Mooney (1851-1921) I have absolutely no idea what Private Detective No. 39; or, the Mysterious Client is about, but the title looks promising, suggesting perhaps one of the early American rivals of Sherlock Holmes. According to Hubin, it was set in Chicago, and was initially published in 1892 … Continue reading Private Detective No. 39

Quincy Adams Sawyer & Quincy Adams Sawyer (Junior)

Created by Charles Felton Pidgin (1844-1923) Despite over a century of misinformation and conflation, there were actually two detectives named QUINCY ADAMS SAWYER, father and son, both created by Charles Felton Pidgin, although only one was really a private investigator. The first Quincy was more of an amateur lawyer sleuth. He began his career as … Continue reading Quincy Adams Sawyer & Quincy Adams Sawyer (Junior)

Francis Bayard (“The Sphinx”)

Created by Jean des Marcenelles Pseudonym of Jean-Henri Dancoine (1913-95) Parisian private eye FRANCIS BAYARD appeared in a series of light-hearted short stories in Police-Privée and other French pulps from about 1938 until 1943, when he began appearing in his own series, Les Aventures du détective Francis Bayard, which would make him a contemporary of Leo … Continue reading Francis Bayard (“The Sphinx”)

Eugène Tarpon

Created by Jean-Patrick Manchette (1942-1995) EUGÈNE TARPON is a real, honest-to-goodness, hard-boiled Parisian private eye, who appeared in two novels by the legendary French noirista, Jean-Patrick Manchette, as well as  a couple of films. Tarpon's right out of the pages of the American detective pulps of the thirties and forties, but painted black. When we … Continue reading Eugène Tarpon

Geoffrey Boscobell

Created by Cecil M. Wills (1891-1966) "Share your suspicions with Ex-Inspecor Boscobell" --front cover tagline on 1st edition of Defeat of a Detective When we first meet him, in Author in Distress (1934), DETECTIVE INSPECTOR GEOFFREY BOSCOBELL is a rising star in Scotland Yard, his boyish demeanor and easy-going facade never quite hiding a shrewd and cunning … Continue reading Geoffrey Boscobell

Kōsuke Kindaichi

Created by Seishi Yokomizo (1902-1981) Arguably the most beloved Japanese detective of all time, Seishi Yokomizo's KŌSUKE KINDAICHI first appeared in The Honjin Murders, which was serialized in the magazine Houseki from April to December 1946. It's a brainstomper of a locked room murder, taking place in a huge family mansion surrounded by thick snow, which many people … Continue reading Kōsuke Kindaichi

Horace Dorrington

Created by Arthur Morrison (1863-1945) Arthur Morrison is one of the forgotten crime authors of the Conan Doyle generation. He grew up in genuine poverty, and is remembered by literary critics for his social protest "slum novels", most famously the semi-autobiographical A Child of the Jago. His work also included the intriguingly-titled, but as I … Continue reading Horace Dorrington

Untitled Chinese Miss Fisher Project

Based on characters created by Kerry Greenwood Developed for television by Jin Weiyi Coming soon to a television set near you (if you live in China) is Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. But this is not the one you think, starring the delectable Essie Davis as the crime-busting, murder-solving socialite and private detective. Nope, this one … Continue reading Untitled Chinese Miss Fisher Project

P.G. Wodehouse: P.I. Writer

By Rudyard Kennedy "Consider the case of Henry Pifield Rice... I must explain Henry early, to avoid disappointment. If I simply said he was a detective, and let it go at that, I should be obtaining the reader's interest under false pretences. He was really only a sort of detective, a species of sleuth. At Stafford's … Continue reading P.G. Wodehouse: P.I. Writer

Joe Hannibal

Created by Wayne D. Dundee Part of an interesting trend in the Reagan-Bush era: neo-Spillane P.I. fiction, complete with enough right-leaning asides and rants to give more than a few lefties the conniptions. Rockford, Illinois' own private eye is JOE HANNIBAL, a tough (but tender) hard-nosed kinda guy, proud of his blue collar roots, much … Continue reading Joe Hannibal