Rolly Waters

 Created by Corey Lynn Fayman Rock’n’roll never forgets? Recovering alcoholic and reluctant small-time private eye ROLLY WATERS plies his trade  in the San Diego area, but still manages to wield a mean guitar (he once had a major label contract), playing parties and neighborhood bars every now and then. Not that’s he’s exactly surrounded by groupies … Continue reading Rolly Waters

Noah Braddock

Created by Jeff Shelby “Marilyn Crier peered in the window and I knew the past was about to kick me in the ass.” — the opening line of Killer Swell Talk about yer Californification! San Diego gumshoe NOAH BRADDOCK has carved a real niche for himself-- as far as I can tell, he's one of … Continue reading Noah Braddock

Am Caulfield

Created by Alan Russell Known for more hard-boiled fare, Alan Russell tried a switcheroo with a couple of more light-hearted mysteries featuring mild-mannered hotel dick AM CAULFIELD. When we first meet Am, in 1994’s The Hotel Detective, “Assistant Director” of La Jolla’s swanky Hotel California Am has been informed by his boss, Raymond Krendrick, that his job … Continue reading Am Caulfield

San Diego Eyes

America’s Finest City’s Finest Eyes Max Thursday by Wade Miller Walter James by Wade Miller Rick Cahill by Matt Coyle Madison Kelly by Elizabeth Breck Harry O by Howard Rodman Pedro Gomez & Dennis "Hardball" Bakelenekoff  by Bill L. Norton (Grand Slam) Joe Moran by Dale Clark Dr. Elizabeth Chase by Martha C. Lawrence Rick and … Continue reading San Diego Eyes

Sydney Bryant

Created by Patricia Wallace A series of novels about SYDNEY BRYANT, a “spunky” San Diego P.I., by horror writer Wallace that lean towards the domestic suspense end of the spectrum, full of family troubles: missing wives, murdered children, seductive babysitters, honeymoons gone very, very bad, etc... The blurbs mention Mary Higgins Clark  a lot. NOVELS Small … Continue reading Sydney Bryant

Pedro Gomez & Dennis “Hardball” Bakelenekoff (Grand Slam)

Created by Bill L. Norton In this extremely short-lived action/adventure series, comic Paul Rodriguez and John "Dukes of Hazzard" Schneider starred as PEDRO GOMEZ and DENNIS "HARDBALL" BAKELENEKOFF, bounty hunters for competing firms who eventually team up to nail a ruthless South American drug dealer, and end up going into business together, despite the fact they … Continue reading Pedro Gomez & Dennis “Hardball” Bakelenekoff (Grand Slam)

Sharon McCone

Created by Marcia Muller (1944--) "Marcia Muller is the founding mother of the contemporary female hard-boiled private eye." -- Sue Grafton Generally credited with being the first liberated female private detective of the modern era, Marcia Muller's SHARON McCONE paved the way for the subsequentsuccess of Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone, Sara Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski, Laura Lippmann's … Continue reading Sharon McCone

Max Thursday

Created by Wade Miller  Pseudonym of Bob Wade (1920-2012) and Bill Miller [1920-1961]) "Outside the sky was the same monotonous gray. The rain was drying into large puddles on Fifth Avenue. Max Thursday watched the early morning traffic and wished for the clean needles of a cold shower and something scalding to change the taste … Continue reading Max Thursday

Madison Kelly

Created by Elizabeth Breck San Diego private investigator MADISON KELLY works mostly insurance fraud cases, but she's at a personal and professional crossroads of sorts right now, letting things slide, not taking any new cases and spending way more time than she should on the internet, tweeting about Crawlspace, a true crime podcast that she's become addicted … Continue reading Madison Kelly

Walter James

Created by Wade Miller Pseudonym of Bob Wade (1920-2012) and Bill Miller (1920-1961) Other pseudonyms include Whit Masterson, Dale Wilmer and Will Daemer Deadly Weapon was Wade Miller's first book. You can tell. Published in 1946 when the authors, Bill Miller and Bob Wade, were just twenty-six (they were born a month apart), it introduces Atlanta … Continue reading Walter James