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

Roy Raymond

Created by "Jack Miller (?) and Ruben Moreira (art) Everyone loved this Raymond. The first great private eye to appear in Detective Comics, rough-and-tumble Slam Bradley, Siegal and Schuster's two-fisted, hardboiled throwback to the pulp era, made his last regularly scheduled appearance in 1949, in issue #152. The very next issue marked the debut of a decidedly … Continue reading Roy Raymond

Howie Rook

Created by Stuart Palmer Pseudonyms include Jay Stewart (1905-68) A tongue-in-cheek spin on the hard-boiled detective genre (Mike Grost dubbed him "the least hard-boiled of all private eyes"), HOWIE ROOK is a former Los Angeles newshawk turned P.I., about as hard-boiled as a bowl of soup. He's an odd duck, who views women with disdain, … Continue reading Howie Rook

Kennedy of The Free Press & Captain Steve MacBride

Created by Frederick Nebel The most famous of the pulp newsmen -- and one of the most popular series presented in Black Mask in the thirties -- was freewheeling  KENNEDY OF THE FREE PRESS, as he was always introduced, whose job as crime reporter invariably led him into conflict with the infinitely more strait-laced Captain Steve … Continue reading Kennedy of The Free Press & Captain Steve MacBride

Bill Truscott

Created by Griff Pseudonym of Ernest Lionel MacKeag (1896-1974) Known only as "Griff" to his many readers, this British writer was perhaps the biggest challenge to Hank Janson and Ben Sarto in the Mushroom Jungle. Too bad he didn't really exist. Turns out "Griff" was the house name used by Modern Fiction, a British publisher … Continue reading Bill Truscott

Caitlin Bergman

Created by August Norman CAITLIN BERGMAN is a tart-tongued and dogged Los Angeles-based crime reporter for both print and media, and the author of a bestselling book, Fallen Angels, an expose of a prostitution ring ran by a crooked cop, who cases invariably involve her personally. Somehow, her dark and predictably troubled past (including the … Continue reading Caitlin Bergman