Joe Kozmarski

Created by Michael Wiley Michael Wiley's The Last Striptease (2007) won the Private Eye Writers of America/St. Martin's Press Best First Private Eye Novel contest, and introduced ex-cop turned Chicago PI JOE KOZMARSKI, whose biggest strength may be that he's, well, just a regular joe. I mean, he's got a mother, fer cryin' out loud, … Continue reading Joe Kozmarski

Ellis Mason

Created by Johnnie Mitchell It's Chicago, 1988, and low-key black P.I. ELLIS MASON's one-man agency is hired by an ex-con to check up on his girlfriend, who soon enough assumes permanent room temperature. Suddenly Ellis finds himself caught up in the case, trying to defend his client against a backdrop of murder, lies, deceit, politics … Continue reading Ellis Mason

Lou Fleener

Created by Duane Lindsay Chicago private eye LOU FLEENER (and his sometime-partner and best bud Dion "Monk" Monkton) works the mean streets of the Windy City in the late fifties and early sixties, stumbling from one cockeyed mess to another, trying to keep their eyes on the prize, doing battle with mobsters, Nazis and the … Continue reading Lou Fleener

Johnny Dynamite

Created by Pete Morisi and Ken Fitch (pseud. of William Waugh) "The Wild Man from Chicago! He's rough! He's Tough! He's JOHNNY DYNAMITE!" JOHNNY DYNAMITE was definitely the best of the pre-Comics Code comic book eyes of the fiftiies -- and, it turned out, the one with the longest legs. With his best gal and faithful … Continue reading Johnny Dynamite

Ms. Tree

Created by Max Allan Collins and Terry Beatty Since Mike Hammer was originally planned for comic books, it only seems fitting that Spillane defender/apologist and hard-boiled renaissance man Max Allan Collins' "female Mike Hammer," MICHAEL TREE, should appear in the appropriate medium. And who knows? Collins is probably most famous for his historical detective novels … Continue reading Ms. Tree

Eddie Anderson

Created by Fredric Brown (1906-72) Pint-size Chicago private eye EDDIE ANDERSON, on the trail of an escaped homicidal maniac, goes undercover in a sanitarium. On his honeymoon, no less. A delightful short story and one of the relatively few short stories by Brown that features an honest-to-goodness P.I. Fredric Brown although, of course, he did write … Continue reading Eddie Anderson

Abby Williams

Created by Krysten Ritter No, really. That Krysten Ritter. The star of Netflix's Jessica Jones, wrote a private detective thriller, 2017's Bonfire. Actually wrote it herself! And not only doesn't it suck, but it was surprisingly well received! Hotshot environmental lawyer ABBY WILLIAMS has a pretty swell life in Chicago, worlds away from Barrens, Indiana … Continue reading Abby Williams