Dad P.I.s & Other Family Values

Gumshoes With Children (Paternal Division)

In a genre where so many protagonists are apparently incapable of reproduction, despite active (or even hyper-active) sex lives, it’s kinda refreshing to see provate eyes who are not only capable of reproduction, but also of parenting. Granted, I can’t imagine Marlowe pushing a pram, or Warshawski running out to Rite-Aid to pick up some Pampers, but some writers have had their P.I.s make the big leap…

  • Stanley Hastings by Parnell Hall
    Stanley’s no great shakes as a P.I., but he’s doing okay as a dad to son Tommie–with a lot of help from his wife Alice.
  • Kit Deleeuw by Jon Katz
    Part-time P.I. Kit plays Mr. Mom to offspring Ben and Em, while psychiatrist wife Jane brings home the bacon
  • Art Hardin by Robert E. Bailey
    The books featuring this family man and detective are marked by author’s quirky, distinctive voice, but the P.I. stuff is never skimped on.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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