Nick and Holly West

Created by Joan H. Parker & Robert B. Parker "We have money. We do this because we like to." -- Holly in "Galahad, Inc." Dashiell Hammett once said "Maybe there are better writers in the world but nobody ever invented a more insufferably smug pair of characters. They can't take that away from me" The … Continue reading Nick and Holly West

Carlotta Carlyle

Created by Linda Barnes CARLOTTA CARLYLE's one tall (six feet!), red-headed, tough-talking, blues-loving, heart-on-her-sleeve-wearing, ex-cop cab-driving P.I. cruising the streets of Boston, MA, looking for trouble in all the wrong places. And usually finding it. "As smart as Spenser and as mean as Hawk" is how Margaret Cannon in The Globe and Mail puts it. … Continue reading Carlotta Carlyle

Ace Mifflin

Created by Ted Slampyak "Private eyin's what I do. It's a dirty job. That's why I like it." Here's another private eye spawned during the 1980's comic book/graphic novel boom/renaissance. In the "jazz age" of 1926 Boston, ALEXANDER C. "ACE" MIFFLIN is a private detective who appeared in a series of excellent, well-researched adventures in … Continue reading Ace Mifflin

Tommy Crane

Created by Richard Helms "One week, we'd bust up an IWW meeting in the Chicago stockyards. The next week, we'd take a train to Kentucky to drive off organizers encouraging coal miners to join the UMW. Wherever anti-capitalists showed their heads..." With two years of "slogging through the trenches of France" in the Great War … Continue reading Tommy Crane

Harry McGraw

Created by Peter S. Fischer HARRY McGRAW first showed up as a recurring character on Murder, She Wrote, a slightly shady working class gumshoe from Boston who earned the respect of Cabot Cove's very own mystery novelist/amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) for his detective skills and his not-quite-hidden heart of gold. As played by … Continue reading Harry McGraw

Spenser

Created by Robert B. Parker (1932-2010) "I try to be honorable. I know that's embarrassing to hear. It's embarrassing to say. But I believe most of the nonsense that Thoreau was preaching. And I have spent a long time working on getting myself to where I could do it. Where I could live life largely … Continue reading Spenser

Sunny Randall

Created by Robert B. Parker (1932-2010) "Being a detective is mostly about not knowing, and asking and looking until you do know, at least something." -- Sunny explains her M.O. in Melancholy Baby In the fall of 1999 Spenser creator Robert B. Parker's unleashed a new South Boston private eye upon the world: SONYA JOAN … Continue reading Sunny Randall

Banacek

Created by Anthony Wilson Oh-so-smug THOMAS BANACEK was a Boston-based Polish/American freelance insurance investigator whom insurance companies turned to when their own investigations have failed, in an engaging series of made-for-TV movies back in the seventies. His cockiness didn't exactly endear him to big shot insurance executive types, since calling in Banacek usually meant their … Continue reading Banacek