J.C.K. “Jigger” Masters

Created by Anthony M. Rud Pseudonyms include Anson Piper (1893-1942) "Now what in the name of the seven sacred sea lions!" -- Jigger's favourite exclamation J.C.K. "JIGGER" MASTERS earned his nickname at the ripe old age of eleven when, while working as a  caddy at a Long Island golf course, he stumbled across a corpse … Continue reading J.C.K. “Jigger” Masters

Ed Noon

Created by Michael Avallone (1925-1999)   "Great life. Guns, girls and trouble. All kinds of trouble. From getting hit on the head to being kidnapped in broad daylight." -- it's a private eye's life for Ed. (The LIving Bomb) Welcome to the Nooniverse! Chameleon-like ED NOON, film-obsessed New York P. I., started out as a … Continue reading Ed Noon

Steve Harrison

Created by Robert E. Howard (1906-36) "One second Steve Harrison was plodding profanely but prosaically through the darkness of the alley..." Pulp writer Howard is of course best known for creating Conan the Barbarian, but over the course of his career he tried several genres, including the hard-boiled detective genre, creating a rock 'em, sock … Continue reading Steve Harrison

Larry Kent

Created by Ron Ingleby "It was an underground joint. A neon sign in read and blue and yellow flashed on and off over the stone steps. The neon sign showed kicking girls and glasses of bubbly stuff. But you were just as likely to get a Mickey Finn down there as you were to get … Continue reading Larry Kent


Created by Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) Raymond Chandler's very first P.I. character--in his very first story, "Blackmailers Don't Shoot," sold to Black Mask!--lasted only two stories. MALLORY, whose adventures were told in the third person, was a Chicago operative who came to Hollywood for one case, and stayed. The format (third person) and background (business in … Continue reading Mallory

Tony Reseck

Created by Raymond Chandler “At one o’clock in the morning, Carl, the night porter, turned down the last of three table lamps in the main lobby of the Windermere Hotel. The blue carpet darkened a shade or two and the walls drew back into remoteness. The chairs filled with shadowy loungers. In the corners were … Continue reading Tony Reseck

Fallen Angels

(1993-95, Showtime) FALLEN ANGELS was a crime television anthology that aired on the American network, Showtime, in the 1990's. Not all the episodes featured private eyes, or even detectives, per se, but who cares? It paired some great hard-boiled and noir short stories by some of the genre's masters (you know, hacks like Raymond Chandler, … Continue reading Fallen Angels

Pete Rousseau

Created by H.H. Stinson (1896-1969) A tough-as-nails Los Angeles private eye, PETE ROUSSEAU has a tiny coop of an office "on the top floor of a nice office building looking out over Beverly Hills," from which he can see the sun glinting off the Pacific, reflected on the window of an office building. As he … Continue reading Pete Rousseau

Edna Pender

Created by Sven Anderton (1893-1958) "By gawd, there ought to be a law against a female being that ugly." -- Sgt. Dan Polcher Sven Anderton's EDNA PENDER was a rough-and-tough female P.I. from the pulps (imagine the ill-bred bastard child of Honey West and Mike Hammer), who appeared in several tales in Famous Detective Stories … Continue reading Edna Pender

Johnny Buchanan

Written by John Brenner (possibly a pseudonym) K. T. McCall (pseudonym of Audrey Armitage and Muriel Watkins) JOHNNY BUCHANAN was a fast-talking dick for the New York-based Silver Star Insurance Company who appeared in a string of Australian pulp novellettes in the late fifties. Although he generally stuck close to home, Johnny did manage to … Continue reading Johnny Buchanan