B.L. Stryker

Created by Christopher Crowe Smirk Alert! Burt Reynolds played B.L. (BUDDY LEE) STRYKER was a retired New Orleans cop turned slacker Miami P.I. living on his beat-up old houseboat and tooling around town in his equally beat-up Caddy, operating on the fringes of Florida's hoity-toity Palm Beach, sniffing out work, in a series of made-for-TV … Continue reading B.L. Stryker

My Scrapbook: Burt Reynold’s Gun & B.L. Stryker’s Holster

My Scrapbook Burt Reynold's Gun & B.L. Stryker's Holster This is almost too precious to lose, so I'm re-posting this here for all you "true fans of Burt," before it disappears... Burt Reynolds Concealed Carry Rossi Revolver You are looking at the personal concealed carry weapon that was carried daily by Hollywood Icon Burt Reynolds. … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Burt Reynold’s Gun & B.L. Stryker’s Holster

Myron Bolitar

Created by Harlan Coben One of the most enduring series to pop out of the nineties features mild-mannered amateur sleuth (and former FBI investigator) sports agent MYRON BOLITAR, a man who by all rights shouldn't even be listed on these pages. What can I say? Nope, he's not a private eye in any traditional sense, … Continue reading Myron Bolitar

Going to the Dogs

The Great Mutts of Detective Fiction Fortunately, the genre has, for the most part, escaped the infiltration of felines that has afflicted other mystery genres. And canine appearances have likewise been relatively scarce (so far), save for a few notable exceptions. Here, then, are some of the more significant or otherwise interesting canines of P.I. … Continue reading Going to the Dogs

Joseph Burke

Created by Robert B. Parker (1932-2010) The creator of Spenser just couldn't seem to keep his paws off the past. His occasional forays into the past, including his fresh stab at the legend of Wyatt Earp (2001's Gunman's Rhapsody) and his period-piece dabblings with Chandler's Marlowe (Poodle Springs and Perchance To Dream) had been generally … Continue reading Joseph Burke

Rip Kirby

Created by Alex Raymond The first modern detective? I'm not sure about that, but REMINGTON "RIP" KIRBY was certainly the most successful -- and certainly the longest-running -- attempt to bring a private eye to the comics page. Written and drawn by comics legend Alex Raymond, the same artist who had previously proven himself with, … Continue reading Rip Kirby

Eddie G.

Created by Robert J. Randisi (1951 --) All things considered, long-time pit boss at the Las Vegas Sands Brooklyn-born EDDIE GIANELLI would probably rather cruise some broads or just chill with his Rat Pack pals Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. But as de facto troubleshooter for the world … Continue reading Eddie G.

Auggie Velez-Colon

Created by Robert J. Randisi (1951 --) Guitar slinger AUGUSTO "AUGGIE" VELEZ-COLON came back from Afghanistan with a brand-new plan: music. It's taken him a while, but after eight long years, he's starting to carve a niche into Nashville's hyper-competitive music scene as an in-demand session man. But just in case, he's still working his other … Continue reading Auggie Velez-Colon

John Headstone

Created by Robert J. Randisi Due to a typo (courtesy of some schmuck charged with painting the name on the door), JOHN HEADSTON ending up running the very successful HEADSTONE DETECTIVE AGENCY for several years, which at its peak, employed twelve people. But those were better days. After a series of legal squabbles with New … Continue reading John Headstone