From rec.arts.mystery Robert Randisi, founder of The Private Eye Writers of America, not to mention the creator of such popular gumshoes as Miles Jacoby, Henry Po and Nick Delvecchio, took it upon himself to survey the popularity of various P.I.’s in the spring of 1997, via the newsgroup rec.arts.mystery--about a year before I decided to … Continue reading Robert Randisi’s Survey of Your Favorite P.I.s (Spring 1997)
Created by Robert J. Randisi & Kevin D. Randle 1939 Chicago shamus MILES PALADON is gunned down in a back alley but comes to on a bloody medieval battlefield, with an arrow sticking out of his chest and a bunch of Prince Valiant lookalikes calling him Prince Paladon. Yep, it's another of those "how the hell … Continue reading Miles Paladon
Created by Robert J. Randisi Pseudonyms include Robert Leigh, Joe Roberts,W. B. Longley, Robert Lake, Spenser Fortune, Joshua Randall, Tom Cutter, J.R. Roberts, Joseph Meek, Cole Weston, Lew Baines, Paul Ledd, Spencer Fortune and Jon Sharpe House pseudonyms include Nick Carter and Warren Murphy (1951--) HENRY PO's job as an investigator for the New York … Continue reading Henry Po
Created by Robert J. Randisi (1951--) "Mature Male in Sixties Available for Housesitting, Non-Smoker, No Pets, Widower." .That's the ad TRUXTON "TRU" LEWIS places in the paper, as a way of escaping the clutches of his annoying, though well-meaning daughter and her dentist husband. Tru is a widower in his early sixties, and has been … Continue reading Tru Lewis
Created by Spenser Fortune Pseudonym of Robert J. Randisi Back in the seventies, MAX NOLAN (a good P.I. name, that) was an "erotic" private eye who appeared in at least four (and possibly as many as fourteen) short stories in Beaver Magazine (a low-end porn mag, not the high-end Canadian history magazine that eventually had … Continue reading Max Nolan, Erotic P.I.
Created by Robert J. Randisi (1951--) Classic P.I. fiction. With the works. Robert Randisi's hot dog-loving private eye NICK DELVECCHIO hails from Brooklyn. Sure, his buddies tell him things are greener on the other side of the river, but Nick keeps it real with an office on Sacket Street, just a short walk from the … Continue reading Nick Delvecchio
Created by Robert J. Randisi (1951 --) Manhattan-based former boxer and current private eye MILES "KID" JACOBY appears in a series of novels that begin right from his first stumbling steps as a P.I., when -- possibly still a little punch drunk -- he obtains his license in Eye in the Ring (1982). Numerous cameos … Continue reading Miles Jacoby
Created by Robert J. Randisi (1951 --) All things considered, long-time pit boss at the Las Vegas Sands Brooklyn-born EDDIE GIANELLI would probably rather cruise some broads or just chill with his Rat Pack pals Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. But as de facto troubleshooter for the world … Continue reading Eddie G.
Created by Robert J. Randisi (1951 --) Guitar slinger AUGUSTO "AUGGIE" VELEZ-COLON came back from Afghanistan with a brand-new plan: music. It's taken him a while, but after eight long years, he's starting to carve a niche into Nashville's hyper-competitive music scene as an in-demand session man. But just in case, he's still working his other … Continue reading Auggie Velez-Colon
Created by Robert J. Randisi Due to a typo (courtesy of some schmuck charged with painting the name on the door), JOHN HEADSTON ending up running the very successful HEADSTONE DETECTIVE AGENCY for several years, which at its peak, employed twelve people. But those were better days. After a series of legal squabbles with New … Continue reading John Headston