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

Joe Moran

Created by Dale Clark Pseudonym of Ronal Kayser Other pseudonyms include Clark Clayton (1905-88) "She taught him the steps to a danse macabre." -- the cover blurb of the 1955 paperback Published as half of a 1955 Ace Double (D-109, for those who care about these kinda things), Mambo To Murder by Dale Clark follows former … Continue reading Joe Moran

Dr. Elizabeth Chase

Created by Martha C. Lawrence Once you get beyond (if you can get beyond) the fact that she's a licensed private eye and a "parapsychologist," the adventures of San Diego's DOCTOR ELIZABETH CHASE (two Ph.D.s from Stanford) are quite rewarding. And pretty fun. But then, you knew I was going to say that, right? Actually, part … Continue reading Dr. Elizabeth Chase

Rick and A.J. Simon (Simon & Simon)

Created by Philip DeGuere Ever wonder what would happen if the HARDY BOYS grew up? At least a little bit? Squabbling siblings and San Diego private eye brothers RICK and ANDREW JACKSON "A.J."  SIMON attempted to answer that question every week for seven seasons on Simon & Simon, one of the eighties' more popular detective … Continue reading Rick and A.J. Simon (Simon & Simon)

Artie Weatherby

Created by J.M.T. Miller Pseudonym of Janice M. Tubbs-Miller 1944- Okay, ARTIE WEATHERBY doesn't have exactly a rough-and-tough name like Mike Hammer, but he makes do. Or at least he thinks he does. So what if his beverage of choice is lime-flavored mineral water? Artie's one smug guy, can even get a tad self-righteous, and he … Continue reading Artie Weatherby

Dan Adams (COronado 9)

Created by Lawrence Kimble Rugged and still studly Rod Cameron played DAN ADAMS, a retired naval intelligence officer turned soft spoken San Diego private eye in COronado 9, a short-lived syndicated show from 1960. The title of the show came from Dan Adams' street address on Coronado Island, the affluent San Diego suburb that was Dan's stomping … Continue reading Dan Adams (COronado 9)

Tom Hickey

Created by Ken Kuhlken It's 1943 in San Diego, and the world is at war. An invasion of Nazis headquartered in Mexico is whispered about. A private eye in civilian life, 37-year old TOM HICKEY is doing his bit for the war effort by serving as an MP on border duty. An idealist, Tom has … Continue reading Tom Hickey