Roger & Suzanne Bowman

Created by Jerold Last A globe-trotting married couple who find trouble wherever they go? If you were expecting Frances Crane’s Pat and Jean Abbott, you’d be wrong. This is a more modern itineration. Plus dogs! Former patent attorney and police officer ROGER BOWMAN and UCLA biochemist SUZANNE FOSTER are boyfriend/girlfriend visiting Montevideo, Uruguay, when we first … Continue reading Roger & Suzanne Bowman

Onni Syrjänen

Created by Tapani Bagge (1962–) ONNI SYRJÄNEN, Finnish crimewriter Tapani Bagge's not very successful lawyer, is a sad sack drunk too poor to hire a detective. So he does his own gumshoeing. He lives and works in Kerava, a small railroad town near Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Onni's office is on the first floor … Continue reading Onni Syrjänen

Francis Quarles

Created by Julian Symons(1912-1994) Sharp-dressed man about town FRANCIS QUARLES was the low-key private detective who worked the clue-ridden streets of post-WWII London, solving countless cleverly plotted fair-play short stories in the fifties and sixties, paying homage to the Golden Age of crime fiction. Most of them first appeared in The London Evening Standard, although … Continue reading Francis Quarles

John K. Butler

(1908-64) Author JOHN K. BUTLER is best-known, at least in our little neck of the woods, for the numerous stories he pounded out for such pulps as Black Mask, Detective Fiction Weekly, Double Detective and especially Dime Detective. A native Californian, Butler was born in Auburn, up near San Francisco. In the latetwenties he migrated to … Continue reading John K. Butler

Crime & Detective in The American Magazine

Some Significant Contributors & Other Writers of Interest The American Illustrated Magazine began publishing in September 1905 and in June 1906 shortened its name simply to The American Magazine, and ran under that name until 1956. During its long run, it came to be regarded as one of the most popular and successful of the "slicks," … Continue reading Crime & Detective in The American Magazine

Crime & Detective Fiction in The Saturday Evening Post

Some Significant Contributors & Other Writers of Interest The long-running Saturday Evening Post, once the most popular magazine in the United States, got its start way back in 1821, offering something for everyone: news, history, politics, humour, science, medicine, music, cartoons, recipes and fiction. And yes, that includes crime fiction, going back at least as far … Continue reading Crime & Detective Fiction in The Saturday Evening Post

Danny Clive

Created by Fletcher Flora (1914-1968) DANNY CLIVE is a special investigator for the Grand Jury, hired to bring in an old friend who could put the finger on a local gangster, in the great short story "The Heat Is Killing Me" from the February 1953 Dime Detective. As the buddy's wife says, "Judas. Judas Clive. … Continue reading Danny Clive

Gaspar Vane

Created by Fletcher Flora (1914-1968) GASPAR VANE is a private eye created by Fletcher Flora, an author from the latter days of the pulps. He wrote all over the map, including works of historical fiction, satire, social dramas and even lesbian romance, but most of his work was in the mystery and hard-boiled genres. His … Continue reading Gaspar Vane

Gillian Hazeltine

Created by George F. Worts Pseudonyms include Loring Brent (1892-1967) Was GILLIAN HAZELTINE the inspiration for Erle Stanley Gardner’s Perry Mason? He was once one of the more popular lawyer/sleuth series characters from the pulps; but now almost totally forgotten. He was a long-running series character, a criminal attorney and investigator who appeared in almost thirty … Continue reading Gillian Hazeltine

Grace Culver

Created by Roswell Brown Pseudonym of Jean Francis Webb (1910-91)  One of the first female private eyes from the pulps, young, attractive, red-haired GRACE "REDSIE" CULVER was a secretary for Big Tim, who ran the Noonan Detective Agency. But don't let that fool you--Grace was a "fast action girl," Big Tim's "aider-and-abetter," and she was usually … Continue reading Grace Culver