Inspector Allhoff

Created by D.L. Champion (1903-68) "... the unpleasantest detective who ever cracked a homicide case" --from a July 1938 Dime Detective blurb  Not quite a P.I., not quite a real cop, Dime Detective favourite INSPECTOR ALLHOFF is under contract, albeit unofficially, to the NYPD. He works out of a cockroach-infested dump, across the street from police … Continue reading Inspector Allhoff

William “Billy” Wallace

Created by Ed Lacy Pseudonym of Leonard S. Zinberg (1911-1968) "I was afraid my heart would burst if I took another step." One year after he suffered his first heart attack, author Ed Lacy published Bugged For Murder (1961) about a middle-aged private eye, WILLIAM "Billy" WALLACE, who has a bad ticker ticker himself, and is … Continue reading William “Billy” Wallace

Max Carrados & Louis Carlyle

Created by Ernest BramahPseudonym of Ernest Bramah Smith1868-1942"I have no blundering, self-confident eyes to be hoodwinked."Ernest Bramah's MAX CARRADOS, often billed as "The Blind Detective," was arguably the first of the defective detectives, and certainly one of the worthiest rivals of Sherlock Holmes.It may have been a gimmick, but it was a good one, with … Continue reading Max Carrados & Louis Carlyle

Mike Longstreet

Developed for television by Stirling Silliphant From a character created by Baynard Kendricks The seventies were truly the Golden Age of the TV Dick, when the airwaves were saturated with private eyes and cops of all sizes and shapes. There were so many of them that the nightly barrage of murder and mayhem began to … Continue reading Mike Longstreet

Duncan Maclain

Created by Baynard H. KendrickPseudonyms include Richard Hayward(1894-1977) Douglas? Blinded in World War I, wealthy, dashing CAPTAIN DUNCAN MACLAIN moves to New York and sets up a detective agency, aided by his partner, Spud Savage (is that a great name or what?) and his secretary (and Spud's wife) Rena. Rounding out the staff are Duncan's two specially-trained … Continue reading Duncan Maclain

Lionel Essrog

Created by Jonathan Lethem When we last encountered author Jonathan Lethem in the P.I. waters, he was amusing us with various pistol-packing marsupials in Gun, With Occasional Music (1995), a wide-open sci-fi spoof/parody/tribute of the private eye genre, featuring private inquisitor Conrad Metcalf, or spinning metafictional tall tales about a P.I. tracking down the source … Continue reading Lionel Essrog

Cormoran Strike

Created by Robert Galbraith Pseudonym of J.K. Rowling   "What a really nasty, seedy job you do.” -- a disgruntled woman in Lethal White Released in April 2013 to generally favourable reviews and a giant yawn from the public, British author Robert Galbraith's first novel, The Cuckoo's Calling, introduced an intriguing new private eye to … Continue reading Cormoran Strike