Ed Gray (The Buena Costa County series)

Created by John Crowe Pseudonym  of Dennis Lynds (1924-2005) ED GRAY is the private eye hero of book number four, 1975's Crooked Shadows (and possibly a few others), in John Crowe's Buena Costa County series, a string of six novels set in a fictional jurisdiction along the southern California Coast, just north of Los Angeles that is … Continue reading Ed Gray (The Buena Costa County series)

My Scrapbook: The Millars Lived Here

Ross Macdonald & Margaret Millar's Santa Barbara Home I guess this should really be called "Duane's Scrapbook," because he's the one who snapped these pics... Anyway, he posted these recently from secret lair in Burbank, following a jaunt to Santa Barbara. Respectfully submitted by Duane Swierczynski.

You Can’t Keep a Good Gal Down

An Interview with Gloria Fickling, the Real Honey West   “Honey West here.” That’s how Gloria Fickling answered her phone when I reached her in her study in “beautiful” Laguna Beach Gloria, for those of you who don’t know, is Gloria Fickling, the female half of G.G. Fickling, the husband-and-wife team (her “sweet darling” husband, … Continue reading You Can’t Keep a Good Gal Down

Mark Hull

Created by Norbert Davis Pseudonyms include Harrison Hunt, Cedric Titus (1909-1949) "She was one of the real mysteries of Hollywood. She was thin and flat-chested, with a complexion like yellow paste. Her black hair was lifeless and dull. Her features were assembled in regular enough order, but her face gave a queer blank effect, as … Continue reading Mark Hull

Doc Sportello (Inherent Vice)

Created by Thomas Pynchon “PIs are doomed, man, you could’ve seen it coming for years, in the movies, on the tube. Once there was all these great old PIs--Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade, the shamus of shamus Johnny Staccato, always smarter and more professional than the cops, always end up solving the crime while the cops … Continue reading Doc Sportello (Inherent Vice)

Joe Rogers

Created by Ross Macdonald Pseudonym.  of Kenneth Millar, aka John Ross Macdonald, John Macdonald (1915-83) Legend has it that Canadian rocker Neil Young wrote "Cowgirl in the Sand," "Cinammon Girl" and "Down by the River," three of his best-known early songs, in one afternoon, while sick with the flu, and running a fever of 103. In a similar … Continue reading Joe Rogers

Valentino

Created by Loren D. Estleman If you miss Stuart Kaminsky's movie trivia-packed Toby Peters series, boy, do we have a treat for you! Private eye writer and film buff Loren Estleman's latest series, originally exclusive to EQMM, irelates the adventures and misadventures of film detective VALENTINO, who works an archivist for UCLA's Film Preservation Department. … Continue reading Valentino

David Barton (Catalina Interlude)

Created by Jack Roberts Catalina Interlude (1948) isn't much of a private eye movie but then, it's barely much of a movie, either... Clocking in at just eighteen minutes, it's a bit of non-essential fluff about private eye DAVID BARTON (Richard Webb) who's hired by a middle-aged movie star, Barbara Banton (Bernadene Hayes), to track … Continue reading David Barton (Catalina Interlude)

Silas Booth

Created by J. Lane Linklater Pseudonym of Alexander William Watkins (1892-1971) "You--you unprincipled scoundrel!" (not all Booth's clients were satisfied) SILAS BOOTH was a private eye in post-World War II, a slick operative who oozes a lot of charm, but would rather collect his fees from criminals than from his clients--and he's not shy about collecting by … Continue reading Silas Booth

Jake Sands

Created by Ron Ely When his wife and daughter are murdered, JAKE SANDS retires from his high-flying life in Los Angeles as a well-paid "recoverer of missing objects and people"  to go hang out with the beach folks in Santa Barbara, California. Not that he's exactly roughing it, though--he  lives in Coco Palms, an exclusive … Continue reading Jake Sands