“The Gospel According to Gordon Black”

By Richard Helms Featuring Eamon Gold Fall 2007 Gordon Black was a short man with an intimidating stare. His hair and beard were completely white. He liked to accentuate his points by drawing circles in the air with his index fingers. “We are nothing but organic flotsam, bobbing in the infinite sea of life. Don't you … Continue reading “The Gospel According to Gordon Black”

Eric Bolan (The Silent Whisper)

Created by Jonathan Betuel When the family of a San Francisco cop ERIC BOLAN (David Beecroft) discovered his wife and two young children had been targeted by the serial killer he had  been investigating, he rushed to defend them--but arrived too late, and had his throat and his vocal chords slashed. Left unable to speak, … Continue reading Eric Bolan (The Silent Whisper)

Gus Monk (The Monk)

Created by Blake Edwards (1922-2010) "An independent guy like Gus Monk is always attractive. He attracts women, money, excitement… and danger." No, not that Monk. This is a whole different San Francisco treat. Hmmmm... maybe they're related. The Monk was a pilot for a proposed television series, featuring George (Route 66) Maharis as GUS MONK, … Continue reading Gus Monk (The Monk)

Adrian Monk (Monk)

Created by Andy Breckmann & David Hoberman "Do you smell gas?" -- Adrian Monk Love it or hate it, this was the face of private eye TV in the first decade of the new millennium, a tongue wedged firmly in his cheek, and all the grit of a sitcom. So forget Spade or Marlowe or … Continue reading Adrian Monk (Monk)

Kate Connolly

Created by Diana Orgain Cozy Alert! Well, it was bound to happen--with the glut of cozy series clogging up the pipes, and the burning question of why a caterer, a florist, a dog walker or a retired opera singer would continually be involved in homicide investigations, it was really only a matter of time before … Continue reading Kate Connolly

John “Scottie” Ferguson

Created by Samuel A. Taylor (1912-2000) & Alec Coppel (1907-72) After Pierre Boileau (1906-88) & Thomas Narcejac (1908-98) "Scottie, do you believe that someone out of the past--someone dead--can enter and take possession of a living being?" -- Gavin Elster: (May contain spoilers) Retired San Francisco police detective JOHN "SCOTTIE" FERGUSON (Jimmy Stewart) already has more than his fair share … Continue reading John “Scottie” Ferguson

Dan Banion

Created by Robert FinneganPseudonym of Paul William RyanOther pseudonyms include Mike Quin(1906-1947) DAN BANION is a reporter for The San Francisco Journal who acts so much like a private eye at times that "he often seems to forget that he owes the city editor a story," according to T.J. Binyon in his 1989 survey of … Continue reading Dan Banion

Sam Train

Created by Ernest Savage (1918-2011) According to our pal Marv Lachman, a man who certainly knows his way around a short story, San Francisco-based SAM TRAIN is "one of the best private eyes in short fiction." I'm not sure about that, since there's some pretty heady competition, including Dashiell Hammett's The Continental Op, Raymond Chandler's John … Continue reading Sam Train

Dan Kearney, O.B., Larry Ballard, Bart Heslip, Gisele Marc, etc. (Dan Kearney & Associates)

Created by Joe Gores (1931-2011)   The DAN KEARNEY & ASSOCIATES novels and short stories by Joe Gores are one of the all-time great private eye series; the closest anyone has ever come to a private eye version of Ed McBain's famed 87th Precinct procedural novels. A motley crew of San Francisco detectives, repo men … Continue reading Dan Kearney, O.B., Larry Ballard, Bart Heslip, Gisele Marc, etc. (Dan Kearney & Associates)

Milt Davis

Created by Evan Hunter (1926-2005) Evan Hunter (a.k.a. Ed McBain) was a prolific genre author, but he didn't create many private eyes, claiming that he found it "difficult to justify a private citizen investigating murders." Consequently, the character of MILT DAVIS represents a relatively rare foray by this influential crime writer into the P.I. world. … Continue reading Milt Davis