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

Jerry Tracy

Created by Theodore A. Tinsley Pseudonyms include Reid Sleyton (1894-79) Hard-boiled Daily Planet gossip columnist JERRY TRACY makes Broadway his beat, in two dozen or so short stories in the pager of Black Mask in the thirties, full of rat-ta-tat-tat action. Because Jerry was probably the toughest, most two-fisted gossip columnist you'd ever want to … Continue reading Jerry Tracy

Bill Brent (Lora Lorne)

Created by Frederick C. Davis From the blurb: "Sweet, grandmotherly advice columnist for The New York Recorder LORA LORNE is actually burly, rough-edged, hard-drinking, broken-nosed, cigar-chomping hotshot newsie BILL BRENT who weighs in at 200 pounds and stands at six feet plus, in his size 11 brogues." He appeared in over a dozen short stories … Continue reading Bill Brent (Lora Lorne)

Danny Getchell

Created by James Ellroy "I wiggled wires. I circumscribed circuits. I rigged reciprocal reverb and sent sound to both rooms. I picked up my Polaroid and flew off the floor.I hammered down the hallway. I banged both doors off their bolts. I found the fetching foursome perched in Pat's parlor.Pat was knock-kneed nude. Parker's pants … Continue reading Danny Getchell

Nick Bancroft

Created by Bob Liter Pseudonyms include Cyn Castle (1923-2008) NICK  BANCROFT is a sometime-freelance investigative reporter and sometime private eye who's the sole operative of AAA Investigations in Central City, Illinois (loosely based on Peoria), in a series of breezy, medium-boiled books by the late Bob Liter. Nick's just a regular guy, a working joe … Continue reading Nick Bancroft