Henry Goiler

Created by Tom Fassbender and Jim Pascoe For those of you who can't get enough of retro eye Benjamin Drake, check out "Faze Out," a nitty, gritty short story by Fassbender and Pascoe featuring Drake's nemesis and inter-office rival at the Always Reddy Detective Agency in Testacy City, fellow op HENRY GOILER. In this tale, the … Continue reading Henry Goiler

Peter Quint

Created by Erle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970) In 1941, Erle Stanley Gardner wrote a little mini-series of three related stories for the Saturday Evening Post featuring PETER QUINT, a fast-talking salesman with "a line of sales talk that would make the Statue of Liberty drop the lamp to grab a fountain pen." The stories, according to Gardner fan … Continue reading Peter Quint

Mike Blair

Created by Hank Searls Pseudonyms include Lee Costigan & Anthony Gray (1922-2017 ) MIKE BLAIR was a San Francisco private dick who had a short run in the later pulps. Nothing exceptional -- he was suitably hard-boiled, and despite getting knocked about on a regular basis (his creator once noted that Blair "gets beat up in … Continue reading Mike Blair

Jeffrey Wren

Created by G. T. Fleming-Roberts Pseudonym of George Thomas Roberts (1910-1968) Magician-detective JEFFREY WREN is one P.I. who knows his hocus-pocus. He appeared in a series of enjoyably light-hearted detective short stories in Dime Detective in the mid-forties. Although there was no fantasy in this series Wren, a former vaudeville magician who owned a novelty and magic shop in … Continue reading Jeffrey Wren

Three Gun Terry (aka “Three Gun Mack)

Created by Carroll John Daly Pseudonyms include John D. Carroll (1889--1958) "You don't take me for no Sir Lancelot, do you?" -- Terry explains he ain't that kinda guy. Here's the real deal! Carroll John Daly's THREE GUN TERRY is the very first hard-boiled private eye. Probably... Because, of course, with any such statement, there … Continue reading Three Gun Terry (aka “Three Gun Mack)

Vee Brown (The Crime Machine)

Created by Carroll John Daly Also wrote as John D. Carroll (1889--1958)   Slight of build and seemingly mild-mannered VIVIAN "VEE" BROWN may not look like much of a threat to anyone. He lives in a swank Park Avenue penthouse, and writes hit songs for a living. Fans of pop music call him the "Master … Continue reading Vee Brown (The Crime Machine)

Nicholas Lake

Created by James M. Reasoner (1953--) James M. Reasoner, of course, has written private eye stuff before. Besides the thirty-six Mike Shayne stories he wrote as "Brett Holliday" for Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, he's highly regarded among fans of the genre for Texas Wind, a much beloved P.I. novel, and the Markham short stories, featuring … Continue reading Nicholas Lake

Allen Garver

Created by James M. Reasoner (1953--) ALLEN GARVER was Texas writer James M. Reasoner's attempt to create a more realistic detective than, for example, the white suit and fedora-sporting Nicholas Lake. Alas, he only appeared in one 1981 short story. SHORT STORIES "Outback" (April 1981, MSMM) COLLECTIONS Old Times' Sake (2007) | Buy this book! Includes … Continue reading Allen Garver

Dan Boyd

Created by James M. Reasoner (1953--) James M. Reasoner has written tons of private eye stuff, in between about a zillion Westerns. Besides the thirty-six Mike Shayne stories he wrote as "Brett Holliday" for Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, he's highly regarded among fans of the genre for Texas Wind, a much beloved P.I. novel, and … Continue reading Dan Boyd

Delaney

Created by James M. Reasoner (1953--) DELANEY is, as Ed Gorman puts it in the intro to the Reasoner collection Old Times' Sake (2007), "one of working class heroes, modest men who work diligently at finding truths large and small." Which works out just fine, given that the cases he works tend to be classic fair … Continue reading Delaney