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

James “Whit” Whitney

Created by David Dodge (1910-74) "Was your husband in the army, Mrs. Whitney?" "No." "Navy?" "No. Why?" "I never saw a public accountant before with bullet scars in his abdomen." "He isn't an ordinary public accountant." -- from It Ain't Hay In July 1941, David Dodge's first novel, Death and Taxes (1941),  introduced readers to one … Continue reading James “Whit” Whitney

Rex Bonner

Created by John B. Miller Jr. In his self-published "City By the Bay" series, we meet John Miller's REX BONNER, a San Francisco (I assume) gumshoe who, as we're breathlessly told, "charts his way through the streets and alleys of his town to locate the center of the crux of his case and bring it to … Continue reading Rex Bonner

Rick Harper

Created by David Mazroff(1907-82) San Francisco-based RICK HARPER is a "big, tough, hard" private eye whom the police seem to respect, and even turn to, when they just can't seem to crack a case. He appeared a few times in the crime digests of the early seventies. He's six feet tall, thirty years of age, … Continue reading Rick Harper

California

"That’s what I did instead of going to school, and one of the genres I read was the California novelists—Dashiell Hammett and Joseph Hansen and Raymond Chandler, who was wonderful, and then Ross Macdonald. There was always something weird about the California story, as opposed to the New York story, which was about some guy … Continue reading California

Sammy “Two Toes” Tiffin (Noir)

Created by Christopher Moore "She had the kind of legs that kept her butt from resting on her shoes--a size eight dame in a size-six dress and every mug in the joint was rooting for the two sizes to make a break for it..." Noir (2018) by satirist and professional piss-taker Christopher (Lamb, Secondhand Souls, … Continue reading Sammy “Two Toes” Tiffin (Noir)

My Scrapbook: Owen Smith Does BART

My Scrapbook Owen Smith Does BART (Another one rides the bus) “I like the idea of reading a book and losing yourself on your train ride.” -- Owen Smith Four years after artist Owen Smith was commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission to do a series of paintings to create a series of posters, Dashiell Hammett’s … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Owen Smith Does BART