Fletch

Created by Gregory McDonald (1937-2008) Hot shot investigative reporter IRWIN MAURICE FLETCHER hates his given name. He prefers to go simply by “FLETCH.” Can you blame him? And he isn't technically a P.I. by avocation. So what's he doing here? Well, when the writing's this fast, sharp and funny (and it is), we're too busy laughing to bother … Continue reading Fletch

Billie Walker

Created by Tara Moss A new series, well-received, following the adventures of feisty Australian war-time reporter BILLIE WALKER who returns home to Sydney after the war, mourning the disappearance and possible death of her husband Jack Rake somewhere in Europe. Turfed out of her job now that "the men are back,” she takes over her late … Continue reading Billie Walker

Lisa Jamison

Created by Lori Duffy Foster When she got pregnant at fifteen, single mom LISA JAMISON vowed her daughter Bridget would have a better life than she did, and then set about getting her one. It took a while, but she cut ties with her own drug-addled parents and Marty, Bridget's father. Lisa worked her ass … Continue reading Lisa Jamison

Jane Yeats

Created by Liz Brady "I didn't have my life threatened. I merely had the shit beaten out of me." -- Jane. One tough cookie in Sudden Blow Toronto's bad girl dick JANE YEATS may smoke too much and drink too much beer and may even get a little mouthy at times, but she's more than … Continue reading Jane Yeats

“One-Shot” Harry Ingram

Created by Gary Phillips It's Los Angeles in the early sixties, and the times are definitely a-changing, as uneasy questions about race, class, civil rights and some sort of conflict in Southeast Asia are starting to heat up. But all jazz-loving African-American Korean War vet "ONE-SHOT" HARRY INGRAM really wants is to sell a few photographs to … Continue reading “One-Shot” Harry Ingram

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

Daffy Dill

Created by Richard Sale Pseudonyms include Bernard Elas, Seymour Richards, John St. John (1911-93) Nearly every detective pulp worth its salt had some sort of brash, wisecracking reporter lurking among its regulars, sticking his nose into things, and Detective Fiction Weekly was no exception. It had easy-going (but pistol-packing) JOE "DAFFY" DILL of The New York Chronicle, always seemingly … Continue reading Daffy Dill

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