Alex Mavros

Created by Paul Johnston Half-Greek, half-Scots ALEX MAVROS is a private eye who hails from Athens, in this well-regarded but hard-to-track-down (at least on this side of the pond) series by Paul Johnston. Local colour? You're soaking in it. Mavros specializes in locating the missing, although many of his cases seems to have international connections, … Continue reading Alex Mavros

Quintilian Dalrymple

Created by Paul Johnston How can you not love a PI named QUINTILIAN DALRYMPLE? But this series by Scottish author Paul Johnston has way more going for it than just a protagonist with a peculiar monicker. Imagine Edinburgh as an Orwellian, totalitarian independent city-state in 2020 and that's where you'll find this fellow. A blues-haunted … Continue reading Quintilian Dalrymple

Truman Smith

Created by Bill Crider Pseudonyms include Nick Carter, Jack MacLane, Jack Buchanan (1941-2018) Galveston is the unique turf of TRUMAN SMITH, retired Dallas private eye. Pushing forty, obsessed with the disappearance of his sister, his only living relative, Truman quits the shamus game and moves back home to Galveston, off the Texas coast. There, he … Continue reading Truman Smith

Lee Henry Oswald

Created by Harry Hunsicker Talk about your double-barrelled names! LEE HENRY OSWALD (Call him "Hank."... PLEASE!) is a Dallas PI with one hell of a monicker. He apparently was given his jaw-dropping name in a parental attempt to toughen him up, sorta like on the Johnny Cash song "A Boy Named Sue". It seems to … Continue reading Lee Henry Oswald

“Moe Ron” Boyette

Created by Michael Bracken MORRIS RONALD BOYETTE --"MOE RON" to his friends -- is a hard-boiled, hardcore P.I. working out of an office behind Millie's Tattoos and Piercings, just down the hall from Big Mac's Bail Bonds in Waco, Texas. Boyette, is a life-long resident, divorced, with a son with a fondness for SF magazines. … Continue reading “Moe Ron” Boyette

Sonambulo (aka Salomon Lopez)

Created by Rafael Navarro When the going gets weird, who ya gonna call? How about a masked Mexican wrestler turned Twilight Zone gumshoe? Combining the quirky-mondo tradition of pulp magazine private eyes, and the Mexican legend of Santos, plus a slew of cheapo midnight horror movies, comic book superheroes, and a healthy dab of Will … Continue reading Sonambulo (aka Salomon Lopez)

Mike O’Dell

Created by Roger Torrey (1901-46) MIKE O'DELL was a former wrestler turned bodyguard in four short stories written by pulpmeister Roger Torrey. SHORT STORIES "Beginner's Luck" (January 1935, Black Mask) "Win - Place - and Show" (May 1935, Black Mask) "Nose Trouble" (July 1935, Black Mask) "Too Much Action" (July 1936, Black Mask) RELATED LINKS … Continue reading Mike O’Dell

Tom Bethany

Created by Jerome Doolittle A Boston (well...Cambridge) private eye with a difference. Mind you, in these post-Spenserian, aren't they all? Body Scissors (1990), the novel that introduced TOM BETHANY, a man with a colourful past, was an auspicious debut. He'd been, among other things, a soldier in Vietnam, a world-class amateur wrestler (he would have … Continue reading Tom Bethany