Byrd (Hawaiian Dick)

Created by B. Clay Moore & Steven Griffin "Thank God the Tiki Bar's still open Thank God the Tiki lights still shine Thank God the Tiki Bar's still open Come on in and open up your mind..." --John Hiatt If Raymond Chandler had worn a few more Hawaiian shirts and learned how to chill, maybe … Continue reading Byrd (Hawaiian Dick)

Cricket West

Created by Fred Zackel Former federal agent and current Las Vegas private eye Cricket West, a "broken nose blonde on the dark side of thirty," is reeling with "euphoria" after getting her second shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, in 2021's Drunk in Blood. "Lockdown was a bitch," is the way she puts it. But that feeling … Continue reading Cricket West

Janie ‘Strummer’ Jones (Black’s Myth)

Created by Eric Palicki (text) and Wendell Cavalcanti (art) Come out of the closets, you boys and you girls, and meet JANIE "STRUMMER" JONES, yet another comic book werewolf P.I.  Naturally it's a "punk rock urban fantasy noir horror" comic--so my guess is that the P.I. end of the hybrid schtick gets the usual short shrift, but I'll have … Continue reading Janie ‘Strummer’ Jones (Black’s Myth)

Miles Paladon

Created by Robert J. Randisi & Kevin D. Randle 1939 Chicago shamus MILES PALADON is gunned down in a back alley but comes to on a bloody medieval battlefield, with an arrow sticking out of his chest and a bunch of Prince Valiant lookalikes calling him Prince Paladon. Yep, it's another of those "how the hell … Continue reading Miles Paladon

Justin Case

Created by Blake Edwards and Jennifer Edwards In the definitely kooky but only slightly spooky made-for-TV flick Justin Case, which appeared during The Disney Sunday Movie on ABC in 1988, the ghost of murdered private eye, the unfortunately and eponymously named JUSTIN CASE (played by George Carlin, of all people), teams up with Jennifer (played … Continue reading Justin Case

Roman Dalton

Created by Paul D. Brazill A bloody, sleazy and often nifty blend of detective fiction and supernatural horror, Paul D. Brazill's werewolf private eye ROMAN DALTON made his debut in a 2012 short story, "Drunk on the Moon," for the late, lamented horror mag Dark Valentine. He used to be a cop in The City, but now … Continue reading Roman Dalton

Dave Gurney

Created by John Verdon For someone who is not a locked room or impossible crime buff, Think of a Number (2010), the first in a popular series featuring DAVE GURNEY, a retired NYC homicide dick, was one hell of an introduction. It's a genre that's easy to make fun of (and I have), but it's actually … Continue reading Dave Gurney

“The Dybbuk Made Me Do It”

By Sarah Weinman Featuring Stuart Kovacs Fall 2006 Stuart Kovacs stumbled out of the movie theater, wondering how the hell he'd ever get back the two hours he'd just lost. He had a splitting headache and a long drive home. And he knew exactly who to blame. “I can't believe you made me watch that … Continue reading “The Dybbuk Made Me Do It”

Stuart Kovacs

Created by Sarah Weinman Once upon a time, in 2005, the Divine Ms. Sarah Weinman, the Crime Fiction Sweetheart of the Internet and the Queen of the Blogs (cf: Confessions of an Idosyncratic Mind), made her long-awaited Thrilling Detective Web Site fiction debut with "Out of Clay," a sly piece of whimsy which introduced STUART … Continue reading Stuart Kovacs

“Out of Clay”

By Sarah Weinman Featuring Stuart Kovacs January 2006 Laura plopped the case file on his desk. "I think you'll really like this one, Stuart." "What makes you say that?" She smirked. "Trust me, you'll see." Stuart Kovacs opened the file and started to read, but only got three sentences in before the all-too-familiar feeling took … Continue reading “Out of Clay”