Markham

Created by James M. Reasoner (1953--) James M. Reasoner wrote four stories for Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine (and another for Skullduggery) about dour West Hollywood private detective MARKHAM, and he says that "Death and the Dancing Shadows" is probably his favorite. Very much in the Chandler vein, with a good twist and a snappy ending … Continue reading Markham

Roger Garrison

Created by Jeff Rovin (1951--) No doubt hoping to cash in on the nostalgia for the twenties, thirties and forties of the early seventies (Chinatown, The Sting, Paper Moon, etc.), Jeff Rovin put out a now forgotten paperback original series featuring Los Angeles private eye ROGER GARRISON, who has an office on Melrose Avenue and … Continue reading Roger Garrison

Nameless (Elizabeth McKenzie)

Created by Elizabeth McKenzie It may be just a trifle (the lead character doesn't even rate a name) of a short story, but the Shamus-nominated "The Big Creep" by Elizabeth McKennzie hits all the right notes. Come to think of it, it's barely even a story; it's almost a character study or a vignette; a … Continue reading Nameless (Elizabeth McKenzie)

Delilah West

Created by Maxine O'Callaghan (1937 --) Orange County, California is the stomping ground of street-smart private eye DELILAH WEST, who's been around longer than even Sharon, Kinsey or V.I. She made her first appearance in a short story in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine way back in 1974, predating all of them. But for some reason, … Continue reading Delilah West

Vinnie Altobelli

Created by Milton Bass (1923-2014) After a massive heart attack levels him, San Bernadino cop VINCENT "VINNIE" ALTOBELLI is forced to retire, and is left "walking on eggshells -- afraid of over-exertion, sex and spaghetti" in the 1993 paperback original, The Half-Hearted Detective. So what's a guy to do? Apparently the obvious, non-stressful thing -- … Continue reading Vinnie Altobelli

Steve Ford

Created by Mark Cullen and Robb Cullen "Never mess with a man's dog." -- the film's tagline Once Upon a Time in Venice is a pointless slice of straight-to-streaming cheese starring Bruce Willis; the cinematic equivalent of a self-published novel by an enthusiastic wannabe whose only reference point seems to be other straight-to-streaming crime movies … Continue reading Steve Ford

Jimmy Adams/Jimmy Lee

Created by A. Boyd Correll (1907-85) So, I get letters like this sometimes: Dear Mr. Smith, Weirdly enough, this morning I discovered a PI not on your list - and probably not worth adding! His name's Jimmy Adams, and he appeared in a novelette titled "An Item of Murder" in Street & Smith's Detective Story … Continue reading Jimmy Adams/Jimmy Lee

Dan Adams

Created by Lawrence Kimble Rugged and still studly Rod Cameron played DAN ADAMS, a retired naval intelligence officer turned soft spoken San Diego private eye in COronado 9, a short-lived syndicated show from 1960. The title of the show came from Dan Adams' street address on Coronado Island, the affluent San Diego suburb that was Dan's stomping … Continue reading Dan Adams