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

Cass Neary

Created by Elizabeth Hand (1957--) CASS NEARY was a great photographer. "For a fraction of a second," she ruefully confesses, in her acclaimed debut, Generation Loss (2007). But back in the day (the seventies, in her case), she was the "it" girl of photography, gleefully snapping gritty, iconic shots of New York's burgeoning punk rock scene, … Continue reading Cass Neary

Greg Salem

Created by S.W. Lauden GREG SALEM is pushing forty, but he figures he got it all sussed: he'll roll East Los Angeles by day for the LAPD, and rock the town as "Fred Despair," singing for legendary hardcore punk band, Bad Citizen Corporation, by night. But that all hit a huge brick wall when a buddy … Continue reading Greg Salem

Doc Adams

Created by Rick Boyer (1943--) A hard-boiled dentist? I shit thee not... CHARLIE "DOC" ADAMS is a Concord, Massachusetts-based oral surgeon who keeps getting drawn into investigations. Most are pretty hard-boiled (in the first, Billingsgate Shoals, he defeats a pursuing black hat by dropping a broken chunk of cast iron pipe down an enclosed exterior … Continue reading Doc Adams

Peter Ash

Created by Nick Petrie Maybe someone should send Jack Reacher a box of condoms -- or at least a book telling him where babies come from. Because the way his bastard sons and daughters are starting to pop up on Amazon, I'm beginning to wonder if it isn't time to clue him in. But having … Continue reading Peter Ash

Harvey Ace

Created by Merle Horwitz Lord, he was born a gamblin' man... Compulsive, obsessively neat, and a smart-dressed man to boot, HARVEY ACE is a retired private eye who'd be more than content to just spend the rest of his life playing the ponies and taking it easy. Unfortunately, it's not that simple, as amply demonstrated … Continue reading Harvey Ace

Hap Collins & Leonard Pine

Created by Joe R. Lansdale "Too many guns is not like too many guitars." -- Hap Collins in Dead Aim Years ago my pal Keith, insisted I read these. And I'm glad he did. Man, are they great! I don't even know why they're trying to market them as. Horror? Suspense? Voodoo hoodoo crime fiction? Country … Continue reading Hap Collins & Leonard Pine

Van Shaw

Created by Glen Erik Hamilton Cold, relentless and tougher than dirt, Army Ranger and reportedly former thief VAN SHAW hits the sweet spot somewhere between Stark's Parker and Child's Jack Reacher, albeit with a veneer of vulnerability (and sentimentality) unimaginable in the other two men, thanks to the shitload of PTSD he lugged back from … Continue reading Van Shaw

Jim Grant (aka “Resurrection Man”)

Created by Colin Campbell  Sheesh! Apparently Jack Reacher's massive success has not been lost on writers who are not named Lee Child. Colin Campbell's JIM GRANT is yet another cheeky parody/tribute/homage/rip-off. And I do mean cheeky -- Jim Grant is Lee Child's real name. Not that that's the only connection. When we first meet him … Continue reading Jim Grant (aka “Resurrection Man”)

Jack Reacher

Created by Lee Child Pseudonym of James Grant (1954--) "I was thirty-six years old, a citizen of a country I had barely seen, and there were places to go and there were things to do. There were cities, and there was countryside. There were mountains, and there were valleys. There were rivers. There were museums, … Continue reading Jack Reacher