Jack Andrews

Created by John Dahl and David W. Warfield The sign says "Licensed Investigator, Confidentiality Guaranteed, 1248 Dahl Av., Reno, Nevada." What it doesn't say is that JACK ANDREWS (played by an impossibly boyish-looking Val Kilmer) is not particularly good at the job. He's a business degree major and a former insurance investigator who's on the skids following … Continue reading Jack Andrews

Vicki Anderson/Catherine Banning

Created by Alan Trustman VICKI ANDERSON is the hotshot insurance dick called in to investigate a high-stakes Boston bank heist in Norman Jewison's stylish romantic suspense thriller The Thomas Crown Affair (1968 ). She soon finds herself pitted, both romantically and professionally, against the caper's mastermind, a successful, but bored, multi-millionaire Thomas Crown, played by … Continue reading Vicki Anderson/Catherine Banning

Carson Phillips

Created by Richard Salvatore, with Jay Brandon “Whoever named it the City of Angels had a terrific sense of humor.” Carson Phillips on L.A. The seventies? You're soaking in it... The 1970s were a great decade for private eye films, easily rivaling the 1930s if you ask me. Not only did the "Me Decade" give … Continue reading Carson Phillips

Simon Templar (aka “The Saint”)

Created by Lesley Charteris Pseudonym of Leslie Charles Bowyer-Yin (1907-1993) "Pardon me. In the excitement of the moment, and all that sort of thing, I forgot to introduce myself. I'm afraid I've had you at a disadvantage. My name is Templar--Simon Templar," he caught the flash of stark hypnotic fear that blanched the big man's … Continue reading Simon Templar (aka “The Saint”)

The Falcon (aka Michael Waring, Gay Stanhope Falcon, Gay Stanhope Lawrence, Tom Lawrence)

Created by Drexel Drake Pseudonym of Charles H. Huff (1887-1959) Or possibly: Michael Arlen Pseudonym of Dikran Kouyoumdjian (1895-1956)  THE FALCON was the nom de guerre of a true man of mystery. He was either MICHAEL WINGATE, a shadowy figure who took on the underworld with the aid of his friend Sarge, avoiding the police … Continue reading The Falcon (aka Michael Waring, Gay Stanhope Falcon, Gay Stanhope Lawrence, Tom Lawrence)

Philip Marlow (The Singing Detective)

Also Dan Dark Created by Dennis Potter "All solutions and no clues. That's what the dumbheads want...I'd rather it was the other way around. All clues. No solutions. That's the way things are. Plenty of clues. No solutions." -- Marlow waxes philosophic on what the public wants in a detective novel. The Singing Detective, which aired … Continue reading Philip Marlow (The Singing Detective)

Florian Slappey

Created by Octavus Roy Cohen (1891-1959)     Man, those were different times... One of the first black detectives, and an early proto-eye, FLORIAN SLAPPEY was a tall, slim drink of water, a "colored gentleman," a well-dressed and well-known man about town who decides to leave "Bumminham", Alabama" for the bright lights and big city … Continue reading Florian Slappey

Dave Fenner

Created by James Hadley Chase Pseudonym of René Brabazon Raymond; also wrote as Raymond Marshall (1906-85) According to legend, James Hadley Chase's first novel, No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1939) was dashed off by the former door-to-door encyclopedia salesman in just six weekends. His intention was to capitalize on the popularity in Britain of imported … Continue reading Dave Fenner

Tommy Akhtar

Created by Patrick Neate (1970 --) "You can learn everything you need to know about life from the game of cricket." -- from "The Little Book of Tommy" Southwest London is the stomping ground of disillusioned, low-key private eye and self-proclaimed "piss artist" TOMMY AKHTAR, a Ugandan-Indian-English ("paki" for short, according to Tommy) ex-Muslim who … Continue reading Tommy Akhtar