Dennis Lynds

Pseudonyms include Michael Collins, William Arden, John Crowe, Robert Hart Davis, Carl Dekker, Mark Sadler, Sheila Lynds, Sheila McErlean, John Douglas, Walter DallasHouse pseudonyms include Nick Carter, Brett Halliday, Don Pendleton, Maxwell Grant(1924-2005) "I just ask questions."September 29, 2002, Santa Barbara Book Festival "I write mysteries to say something, not just for entertainment."Santa Barbara News-Press, 1982. … Continue reading Dennis Lynds

Maria Magdalena “Maggie” Morales

Created by Carolina García-Aguilera Cuban investigator MARIA MAGDALENA MORALES (call her "Maggie"--everyone else does) has been around, and seen it all. She's been married at least four times (number two was Cuban, number four a Venuzuelan), speaks Spanish fluently and has been working as a private eye (license #C8802651) for Bobby O'Meara, a Miami attorney, … Continue reading Maria Magdalena “Maggie” Morales

Ted Molloy

Created by Michael Sears Originally from Queens, TED MOLLOY was riding high as a big shot Manhattan lawyer, until his career crashed and burned. Now he's back in Queens, disgraced, disbarred and squeezing out a semi-legit living as a foreclosure profiteer--negotiating bailouts on behalf of folks whose properties are facing foreclosure--for a percentage. Nothing too big, … Continue reading Ted Molloy

Leo Haggerty

Created by Benjamin M. Schutz (1949-2008) One of the better post-Spenser P.I.'s out of the 1980s was LEO HAGGERTY, a Washington, D.C.-based private investigator with a mustache, a receding hairline à la Jack Nicholson, and enough little quirks to make him worth remembering. Like Spenser, he's a bit of a renaissance man, obsessed with the moral … Continue reading Leo Haggerty

Thorn

Created by James W. Hall (1947--) Arguably the greatest of Travis McGee's wayward literary children, THORN isn't really a P.I. (or even a "salvage consultant"), although he does occasionally take money to "look into" things. He's more of an "avenger," dark and brooding division. He makes his home in Key Largo, Florida, far from the … Continue reading Thorn

Julius Katz & Archie

Created by Dave Zeltserman Pseudonyms include Jacob Stone Hoo-boy, I can't believe it took me so long to get around to doing an entry on this Shamus and Derringer-winning series... JULIUS KATZ is possibly Boston's most brilliant detective -- tougher than Spenser and slicker than Banacek -- even if he does say so himself. Which … Continue reading Julius Katz & Archie

Vinee Calvino

Created by Christopher G. Moore (1946--) Dubbed the "The Hemingway of Bangkok," expatriate Christopher G. Moore is one of Canada's most successful novelists. Yet, perhaps typically, he's almost unknown in Canada (or North America, for that matter). But in Thailand and Southeast Asia he's become something of a sensation, especially among foreign workers and travelers. … Continue reading Vinee Calvino

Cecil Younger

Created by John Straley "There is something ardent and romantic about getting drunk. I feel like it's a homecoming and a departure all at once." -- Cecil gets all mopey about drinking in The Woman Who Married a Bear CECIL YOUNGER has at least two claims to fame: he works the mean... er, roads, trails and … Continue reading Cecil Younger

Harry Stoner

Created by Jonathan Valin "As the morning wore on, I felt more and more as if I was doing the right thing. It gave me a short-lived feeling of decency." -- Harry sums up his worldview (Missing) In his mid-forties, too educted for his own good and no stranger to brooding and self-doubt, Cincinnati's HARRY … Continue reading Harry Stoner

Peter Boone

Created by William Jaspersohn (1947--) Ex-Red Sox pitcher, avid fly fisherman and widower, PETER BOONE is a private eye who works the back roads and small villages of his home state of Vermont. When his wife was killed in a convenience store robbery and the case bungled by the cops, Boone quit baseball and brought … Continue reading Peter Boone