Miles Standish Rice

Created by Baynard H. Kendrick Pseudonyms include Richard Hayward (1894-1977) Miami-based MILES STANDISH RICE was Baynard Kendrick's other private investigator--you know, the one who wasn't blind. Now completely overshadowed by Captain Duncan Maclain, the sightless insurance investigator of numerous short stories, novels and even film, Rice nonetheless had a good run of his own back in … Continue reading Miles Standish Rice

Ben Bryn

Created by Russell Gray Pseudonym of Bruno Fischer Other pseudonyms include Harrison Storm (1908-92) A childhood bout with polio left pulp private eye BEN BRYN with a pair of withered and almost useless legs. But that didn't stop the 5'2" gumshoe from developing an extremely powerful upper torso, grim determination and a razor-sharp mind. As … Continue reading Ben Bryn

John Collins

Created by Norbert Davis (1909-49) “John Collins was playing the Beale Street Blues and playing it soft and sad because that was the way he felt. The notes dripped through the dimness of the room like molasses and provided an appropriate accompaniment to his thoughts. He had a hangover.” -- the intro to "Don’t You … Continue reading John Collins

Doan & Carstairs

Created by Norbert Davis (1909-49) "He was short and a little on the plump side, and he had a chubby, pink face and a smile as innocent and appealing as a baby's. He looked like a very nice, pleasant sort of person, and on rare occasions he was." -- we meet Doan in The Mouse … Continue reading Doan & Carstairs

Bill Lennox

Created by W.T. Ballard (Willis Todhunter Ballard)Pseudonyms include P. D. Ballard, Harrison Hunt, Neil MacNeil, John Shepherd(1903-80) “Just a friendly town... When the knife falls, everyone helps you down into the gutter.”-- Lennox ponders Hollywwood in "A Little Different" Here's another iconic private eye who's officially not a private eye, yet does pretty much everything … Continue reading Bill Lennox

Sam Boyd

Created by W.T. Ballard (Willis Todhunter Ballard) Pseudonyms include P. D. Ballard, Harrison Hunt, Neil MacNeil, John Shepherd (1903-80) The blurb for "Murder's Mandate," from the table of contents for the September 1945 issue of Thrilling Detective (no relation) pretty much says it all: "Private Sleuth Sam Boyd plays for high stakes in a Western … Continue reading Sam Boyd

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

Neil Shannon

Created by Louis L'Amour Pseudonym of Louis Dearborn LaMoore (1908-1988) Louis L'Amour must have liked the idea of his Kip Morgan, an ex-fighter turned private dick who was more than handy with his fists, that he wrote a few pulp stories about, because he essentially cloned him a few years later with NEIL SHANNON. Shannon's … Continue reading Neil Shannon

Kip Morgan

Created by Louis L'Amour Pseudonym of Louis Dearborn LaMoore (1908-1988) KIP (his mom was a fan of Rudyard Kipling) MORGAN is a former prizefighter (light heavyweight) trying to make a go of it as a private detective in 1940's Los Angeles. He appeared in several short stories in the pulps of the era, written by … Continue reading Kip Morgan

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