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

Steve Ford

Created by Mark Cullen and Robb Cullen "Never mess with a man's dog." -- the film's tagline Once Upon a Time in Venice is a pointless slice of straight-to-streaming cheese starring Bruce Willis; the cinematic equivalent of a self-published novel by an enthusiastic wannabe whose only reference point seems to be other straight-to-streaming crime movies … Continue reading Steve Ford

Joe Hallenbeck

Created by Shane Black and Greg Hicks "This is the nineties. You don't just go around punching people. You have to say something cool first." -- Joe muses on the state of the action flick, circa 1991. In the surprisingly nasty 1991 action flick The Last Boy Scout, Bruce Willis stars as JOE HALLENBECK, the former hot shot … Continue reading Joe Hallenbeck

The Long Red Harvest

What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been Okay, so here's the thing: Dashiell Hammett’s classic 1929 hardboiled novel Red Harvest, featuring the private detective known only as The Continental Op, has been the basis for at least five movie adaptations, at least three that are well worth your time.  But Hammett has never been credited on … Continue reading The Long Red Harvest

Peter Gunn

Created by Blake Edwards (1922-2010) Suave, sophisticated, hep to the jive, groovin' to the oh-so-cool jazzbo-beat, PETER GUNN was like nothing ever seen before on television or anywhere else, really. He was a new kind of eye. While other dicks hung out in rundown offices, swilling rotgut, living hand to mouth, loners till the end, … Continue reading Peter Gunn