Floyd Jackson

Created by James Hadley Chase Pseudonym of Rene Brabazon Raymond Other pseudonyms include Raymond Marshall, Ambrose Grant & James L. Dougherty (1906-1985) “Women are funny animals. You never know where you are with them – they don’t often know where they are with themselves.” -- Floyd gets wise Got pulp? In his one known appearance, … Continue reading Floyd Jackson

Gus Slavin (Loophole)

Created by Dwight V. Babcock and George Bricker This time out, he's GUS SLAVIN, an LA-based investigator for a bonding service, who's putting the screws on war hero turned nice guy bank teller Mike Donovan (Barry Sullivan, the star of the show, playing the classic noir bonehead/doofus to perfection). Gus is convinced Donovan had something … Continue reading Gus Slavin (Loophole)

Max Thursday

Created by Wade Miller  Pseudonym of Bob Wade (1920-2012) and Bill Miller [1920-1961]) "Outside the sky was the same monotonous gray. The rain was drying into large puddles on Fifth Avenue. Max Thursday watched the early morning traffic and wished for the clean needles of a cold shower and something scalding to change the taste … Continue reading Max Thursday

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 Kenneth Millar Pseudonyms include Ross Macdonald, 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 burst … 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