Michael Brennen

Created by Fred Zackel "Playing detective is like being a gravedigger. There's always dirt to be dug up, people willing to pay to have it dug up. But what kind of a man wants to spend his life scrounging for human rot six feet underground?" -- Brennen in Cocaine and Blue Eyes Middle-aged San Francisco … Continue reading Michael Brennen

Cody McMahon (South of Sunset)

Created by John Byrum and Stan Rogow This Eagle didn't fly... But it sure landed. Once upon a time the airwaves were inundated with private eyes, but by the Fall 1993 TV season, the pickings were getting mighty slim. There were exactly two P.I. shows scheduled on American television: Moon Over Miami, a frothy but … Continue reading Cody McMahon (South of Sunset)

Nick Ransom

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) What kind of P.I. gets knocked unconscious by a man with no legs and only one arm? Hollywood stuntman turned private eye NICK RANSOM, that's who! … Continue reading Nick Ransom

Mike Travis

Created by M.E. Knerr (1936-99) Travis, a 1962 paperback original, marks the debut and probably only appearance in print of MIKE TRAVIS, a “sailor of fortune, who loves life, and woman, especially women.” It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what other reasonably well-known character was the inspiration for him. As we are … Continue reading Mike Travis

Craig McKenzie

Created by M.S. Marble Pseudonym of Margaret Strauss (1913-70) In her first novel, Everybody Makes Mistakes (1947), the M.S. Marble relates the story of Red Kennedy, a hotshot Hollywood press agent loses a client to another agent, only for the client to be murdered. And the number one suspect? Craig, of course, who enlists the … Continue reading Craig McKenzie

Joe Moran

Created by Dale Clark Pseudonym of Ronal Kayser Other pseudonyms include Clark Clayton (1905-88) "She taught him the steps to a danse macabre." -- the cover blurb of the 1955 paperback Published as half of a 1955 Ace Double (D-109, for those who care about these kinda things), Mambo To Murder by Dale Clark follows former … Continue reading Joe Moran