Leo Haggerty

Created by Benjamin M. Schutz (1949-2008) One of the better post-Spenser P.I.'s out of the 1980s was LEO HAGGERTY, a Washington, D.C.-based private investigator with a mustache, a receding hairline à la Jack Nicholson, and enough little quirks to make him worth remembering. Like Spenser, he's a bit of a renaissance man, obsessed with the moral … Continue reading Leo Haggerty

Dan Turner

Created by Robert Leslie Bellem Pseudonyms include Ellery Watson Calder, Harley L. Court, Walt Bruce, John Grange, Nelson Kent, Kenneth A. Nelson, Jerome Severs Perry & Harcourt Weems (1902-1968) "And then, from an open window, a roscoe coughed Ka-Chow!" The hard-boiled private eye, born in the low-rent pages of the pulps way back in twenties, has … Continue reading Dan Turner

Joe Mannix

Created by William Link and Richard Levinson Developed for Television by Bruce Geller "If you're not gonna pull that trigger immediately, mind if I have a cigarette?" -- Joe in "To the Swiftest Death" Your classic American hard-boiled private eye, television division. And I mean classic in every sense of the word. Accept no substitutes. "the eternal … Continue reading Joe Mannix

David DiAngelo

Created by Tim Broderick "The new economy is all about links. Don't have enough time to do that special task? I do. And all you have to do is link up..." DAVID DiANGELO earns his living doing odd jobs, sometimes extremely odd, in Tim Broderick's smart, quirky, ground-breaking web comic, the aptly-titled Odd Jobs, which ran … Continue reading David DiAngelo

Cecil Younger

Created by John Straley "There is something ardent and romantic about getting drunk. I feel like it's a homecoming and a departure all at once." -- Cecil gets all mopey about drinking in The Woman Who Married a Bear CECIL YOUNGER has at least two claims to fame: he works the mean... er, roads, trails and … Continue reading Cecil Younger

Jacob Asch

Created by Arthur Lyons (1946-2008)  JACOB ASCH was a glib, cynical, half-Jewish reporter for the L.A. Chronicle until he got sent to jail for refusing to reveal a source. He did six months on a contempt of court beef, and when he was sprung, the glamour of journalism, for some reason, had lost its appeal … Continue reading Jacob Asch

Harry Stoner

Created by Jonathan Valin "As the morning wore on, I felt more and more as if I was doing the right thing. It gave me a short-lived feeling of decency." -- Harry sums up his worldview (Missing) In his mid-forties, too educted for his own good and no stranger to brooding and self-doubt, Cincinnati's HARRY … Continue reading Harry Stoner

John Marshall Tanner

Created by Stephen Greenleaf "...they don't put towns in jail. They probably should, but they don't." -- Tanner in Grave Error A sort of edgier spin on the old Perry Mason/Scott Jordan bit about the lawyer who thinks he's a private eye. JOHN MARSHALL "MARSH" TANNER is a San Francisco private eye who, technically, is … Continue reading John Marshall Tanner

Tom Bethany

Created by Jerome Doolittle "That particular spring day, fooling around in the library, I was interested in why good intentions so often end up making things worse than they were before. consequently I was taking notes on a great reform called the Federal Electyion Act of 1971, which gave us political action committees. Before the … Continue reading Tom Bethany

The Thrilling Detective Hall of Fame

I've listed these eyes by the decade in which they first appeared, even though an eye's career may span more than one decade, or even not make much of mark for several years after their first appearance. They're counted for what I consider their quality, entertainment value, reflection of their times, influence on the genre … Continue reading The Thrilling Detective Hall of Fame