Steve Harmas

Created by James Hadley Chase Pseudonym of Rene Brabazon Raymond Other pseudonyms include Raymond Marshall, Ambrose Grant & James L. Dougherty (1906-1985) "Once, on a sultry June evening, Steve Harmas accidentally stops at the entrance to a luxurious Hollywood club, looking for an empty table, and just at that moment a tall man in a … Continue reading Steve Harmas

Freddy Otash

Created by James Ellroy "Ellroy’s a dipshit. I knew him in my waning months alive. I’ve been granted tell-all telepathy. I will know that cocksucker cold." -- Freddie nails Ellroy to the wall, in "Shakedown" According to Wikipedia, FREDDIE OTASH was "a Los Angeles police officer, private investigator, author, and a WWII Marine veteran, who became known … Continue reading Freddy Otash

Johnny Métal

Created by Frank Harding Pseudonym of Léon Jean Malet (1909-96) Before he struck gold with Nestor Burma, France's Léo Malet wrote several books featuring coldly professional tough guy New York reporter JOHNNY MÉTAL (an anagram of of Malet!), who acted very much like an American-style hard-boiled private eye, narrated by Johnny in first person, dripping with … Continue reading Johnny Métal

Harry Rigby

Created by Declan Burke "Cheers. Who the fuck are you?"-- Harry flashes some of his famous charm FUCKIN' A. HARRY RIGBY might not be a private eye per se, but he sure as hell acts like one. A particularly inept one from the detective pulps of the forties, maybe. But Harry drinks like a fish, … Continue reading Harry Rigby

Robin Bishop

Created by Geoffrey Homes Pseudonym of Daniel Mainwaring (1902-77) ROBIN BISHOP is one of those pesky reporters with a nose for news who acts like a private eye, but isn't. He works for a rag in Los Pinos in southern California, and isn't even particularly tough or wise-cracking, but he manages to get himself into … Continue reading Robin Bishop

Garry Dean

Created by Paul Whelton "You dig me up a good yarn, brother, and I'll kiss you." -- Dean chats up a source in Call the Lady Indiscreet. GARRY DEAN is the hard-nosed big city newshawk for Belle City's Press-Bulletin who'll do anything for a story, in these delightful slices of American cheese. And I do … Continue reading Garry Dean

Peggy Delaney

Created by James W. Nichol About time someone put the "broad" back in "broadcasting" at the CBC. PEGGY DELANEY is a hard-drinking, hard-writing forty-ish Toronto newspaper columnist who can more than hold her own with any of the guys in the newsroom, in a 1998 series of radio dramas which originally aired as part of … Continue reading Peggy Delaney

Harry Horne

Created by John Gonzales Pseudonym of Robert Terrall Other pseudonyms include Robert Kyle, Brett Halliday (1914-2009) Robert Terrall's probably best "known" for his Mike Shayne books that he was under the house name of Brett Halliday, or maybe his Ben Gates books that he wrote as Robert Kyle, but he also wrote four (or was it five?) … Continue reading Harry Horne

Dan Banion

Created by Robert FinneganPseudonym of Paul William RyanOther pseudonyms include Mike Quin(1906-1947) DAN BANION is a reporter for The San Francisco Journal who acts so much like a private eye at times that "he often seems to forget that he owes the city editor a story," according to T.J. Binyon in his 1989 survey of … Continue reading Dan Banion

Katie “The Duchess” Blayne

Created by Whitman Chambers (1896-1968) You want a speed-rapping, wise-cracking, cocky female reporter from the pulps who can run rings around her male counterparts? Then KATIE BLAYNE, aka "The Duchess," might be your gal. Invariably lumped in with Torchy Blane, with whom she shares a gift for mile-a-minute yammering, hard-charging competitivness, and a knack for getting … Continue reading Katie “The Duchess” Blayne