Jack Flippo

Created by Doug J. Swanson JACK FLIPPO was a Dallas assistant DA once upon a time, but thanks to one little "libido-driven mistake", he now finds himself seriously underemployed, working as a low-rent private peeper, prowling cheesy motels, armed with a tape recorder and a camera. Well-written, with some favorable blurbs comparing him to people … Continue reading Jack Flippo

Dixie Flannigan

Created by Chris Rogers Former prosecutor turned Houston bounty hunter DIXIE FLANNIGAN is no cream puff, as she amply demonstrates in her well-received debut, 1998's Bitch Factor. She may be only five feet two inches and 120 pounds, but Dixie proved to be rough-and-ready, no matter what, and her combination of brains, cunning and general bitchiness, … Continue reading Dixie Flannigan

Doc Ford

Created by Randy Wayne White Pseudonyms include Randy Stryker and Carl Ramm MARION "DOC" FORD is the protagonist of several novels by Fort Meyers fishing guide, Outside magazine columnist and former cheezoid potboiler author (under the names Randy Stryker and Carl Ramm) Randy Wayne White. Ford is a former government agent/triggerman who currently runs a … Continue reading Doc Ford

Ronnie Jackson (My Favorite Brunette)

Created by Edmund Beloin and Jack Rose "You see, I wanted to be a detective, too. It only took brains, courage, and a gun...and I had the gun." -- Ronnie Jackson For any baby boomers or gen Xers out there who grew up in the sixties and seventies, Bob Hope is mostly remembered as a smarmy … Continue reading Ronnie Jackson (My Favorite Brunette)

Duck Darley

Created by Casey Barrett Unlicensed New York P.I. DUCK DARLEY has been around, and has the physical and emotional scars to prove it. A former felon and alcoholic who's currently walking the more-or-less straight-and-narrow, he self-medicates by vaping pot, attending AA meetings and getting beat up at his local dojo. Oh, he's also the estranged … Continue reading Duck Darley

Gus Klein

Created by Richard Neely (1941--) Most folks (including me) may not have read Richard Neely's original 1969 novel, The Plastic Nightmare, but for a brief period, it seemed like everyone had seen -- and had a theory about -- Shattered, the confusing, polarizing 1991 film adaptation by Wolfgang Petersen. Suffice it to say while this … Continue reading Gus Klein

Slightly Tarnished Armor

By Christopher Mills Featuring Matthew Dain May 1999   "I'm afraid the son of a bitch is going to kill me." Her voice was hard, cold; as completely devoid of emotion as a telephone operator's. She took another long drag on her cigarette and closed her eyes as she exhaled. I took another sip of coffee … Continue reading Slightly Tarnished Armor

Hit and Run

By Christopher Mills Featuring Matthew Dain October 2008 I was sitting in my '65 Ford Mustang with a thermos of hot coffee between my legs to keep my nuts from freezing, wincing at the icy wind that howled in off Casco Bay and through the half-open window. I hate stakeouts anyway, and sitting in a thirty-year … Continue reading Hit and Run