Roger & Suzanne Bowman

Created by Jerold Last A globe-trotting married couple who find trouble wherever they go? If you were expecting Frances Crane’s Pat and Jean Abbott, you’d be wrong. This is a more modern itineration. Plus dogs! Former patent attorney and police officer ROGER BOWMAN and UCLA biochemist SUZANNE FOSTER are boyfriend/girlfriend visiting Montevideo, Uruguay, when we first … Continue reading Roger & Suzanne Bowman

Harry Ross (Twilight)

Created by Robert Benton and Richard Russo Looking for sparkly vampires? Keep going... Retired, and just plain tired, Hollywood gumshoe HARRY ROSS takes odd jobs (and once, a bullet, trying to rescue their jailbait daughter) for his old pal and dying movie star, Jack Ames, and his one-time sexpot actress wife, Catherine. He bides his time, … Continue reading Harry Ross (Twilight)

Butch Patterson

Created by Greg Lawrence "Do you think I'd look good in a hat?" How’d I miss this one? A 30-minute Canadian TV comedy lampooning the whole Shamus Game? That lasted three seasons? And I had no clue it even existed? Turns out Butch Patterson, Private Dick ran from 1999-2001 on The Comedy Network, a Canadian channel … Continue reading Butch Patterson

Quique Hache

Created by Sergio Gómez A series of Spanish language YA novels following the adventures (and misadventures) of fun-loving fifteen-year-old Chilean  QUIQUE HACHE, who has a knack for solving crimes. In what I think is the second book in the series, Quique Hache, Detective  (2005), Quique's just knocked off a correspondence course on becoming a private detective. … Continue reading Quique Hache

Bixby Grant

Created by Patrick Coyle Forget love, sweet love. What the world needs now is an immortal mummy private eye. Fortunately, comics creator and long-time fanboy Patrick Coyle has given us one, in the crowd-sourced, eponymously titled comic GRANT BIXBY, PRIVATE EYE. Apparently it’s taken 30 years (and a Kickstarter campaign) to bring Coyle’s dream to … Continue reading Bixby Grant

Jaakko Piira

Created by Jorma Napola (1914-2000) Private eye novels have never been big in Finland. I don't really know why, but I have my suspicions: the private eye is a product of a culture that believes heavily in individualism and the right to take the law into one's hands if necessary. But Finland is pretty much … Continue reading Jaakko Piira

Gabriel Præst

Created by Amulya Malladi There’s nothing like a Dane? Scandi Noir is everywhere, although mostly it seems to be woefully under-populated by private eyes. Mostly the detectives tend to be grizzled cops and inspectors (brilliant but anti-social, troubled, almost always divorced, almost always prone to bad habits) and homicidal spinsters (I’m looking at you, Maud!). … Continue reading Gabriel Præst

William Garrett

Created by Natalie Marlow British author Natalie Marlow (apparently her real name) reimagines Chandler's tarnished knight of 1940s Los Angeles as a private inqury agent who is all tarnish. Then she plops him on the decidedly mean streets of 1930s Birmingham, England, in the noirish Needless Alley (2023). Without a speck of chivalry, WILLIAM GARRETT has … Continue reading William Garrett

Tamara Hayle

Created by Valerie Wilson Wesley Another black private eye, but unlike contempories like Easy Rawlins or Aaron Gunner, TAMARA HAYLE "owes more to Waiting to Exhale than to the rage of Richard Wright. They're funny and slight and smart," according to The New York Times. Tamara's an ex-cop turned Newark, New Jersey private eye, a … Continue reading Tamara Hayle

Steve Drake

Created by Richard Ellington (1914-80) "Broadway is my beat and murder is my business!" -- cover blurb from Shakedown Over the course of five novels and a few short stories, former actor and G.I. and current Broadway wisenheimer STEVE DRAKE finds that private investigation may not be the nicest work in the world, but "it's … Continue reading Steve Drake