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

Leander & Horatio Jones (The Jones Brothers)

Created by Maxwell Hawkins (1895-1962) LEANDER JONES and HORATIO JONES were twins (identical as the two "proverbial peas"), the sole operatives of Manhattan's Jones and Jones Detective Agency (with offices in the Flatiron Building, no less), who didn't just stumble into cases that involved murder--it was their speciality. Not that they needed the work--"their private inherited … Continue reading Leander & Horatio Jones (The Jones Brothers)

“Bookie” Barnes

Created by Robert Reeves (1912-45) Reminescent at times of Frank Gruber and Norbert Davis, Robert Reeves is best known for creating private eye Cellini Smith, but he also created another memorable (if short-lived) hard-boiled hero: trucker and "highway detective" "BOOKIE" BARNES, who appeared in just three short stories (the first in Black Mask, and the … Continue reading “Bookie” Barnes

Candid Jones

Created by Richard Sale Pseudonyms include Bernard Elas, Seymour Richards, John St. John (1911-93) "I was never afraid of any man, and I always figured that if a guy was going to get rough with you, the best thing to do was to get rough with him first." -- "Long Shot" Weegee-like freelance photographer/investigator TERRENCE "CANDID" JONES … Continue reading Candid Jones

Trixie Meehan & Mike Harris

Created by T.T. Flynn Pseudonym of (Thomas Theodore Flynn (1902-78) "Pert and sweet, soft and cuddly, harmless as a kitten and luscious-looking to all big strong men—that's Trixie if you don't know her." Nuts about each other, or just nuts? One of those hard-boiled dames from the pulps, cute, gun-toting TRIXIE MEEHAN was, along with her … Continue reading Trixie Meehan & Mike Harris