Frank Grissel

Created by Andersen Gabrych Art by Brad Rader "Whatever you want. You can find it here. Or die looking for it." -- Frank welcomes readers to San Francisco in the intro Few noir novels, let alone graphic novels, wander into the murky areas of sexual desire, never mind homosexual desire, as well or as audaciously … Continue reading Frank Grissel

Benjamin Justice

Created by John Morgan Wilson Former prize-winning reporter BENJAMIN JUSTICE used to cover the LA crime beat, but now he scrambles for a living, writing press releases and the like -- and even stooping to a civil service job -- while drinking too much and contemplating the loss of his reputation, his job, and his … Continue reading Benjamin Justice

Henry Rios

Created by Michael Nava (1954 --) HENRY RIOS's a gay, Hispanic, heart-on-his-sleeve criminal defense lawyer and recovering alcoholic (whew!) from San Francisco. He's got quite a rep as a ''rescuer,'' a ''fixer of broken lives'' who's willing to do things his way. But this ain't no Pollyanna feelgood series. Here there be darkness... Henry went … Continue reading Henry Rios

Clyde Smith

Created by Garrick Jones "... to be brutally honest, I couldn't be fucked playing the game." -- Clyde on why he left the Sydney police department In The Cricketer's Arms (2019), the first in a proposed series by Garrick Jones, it's 1956 Sydney, Australia where we meet CLYDE SMITH, an ex-cop and current freelance restaurant reviewer (having … Continue reading Clyde Smith

Jimmy McSwain

Created by Adam Carpenter Pushing thirty when we first meet him, in Hidden Identity (2014), Hell's Kitchen private investigator JIMMY McSWAIN is still haunted by the unsolved murder of his father, NYPD officer Joseph McSwain -- a shooting he witnessed when he was fourteen. Fourteen years later, he's still working the case... With or without the help … Continue reading Jimmy McSwain

Nick Williams & Carter Jones

Created by Frank W. Butterfield Ever since Hammett dropped Nick and Nora on an unsuspecting world, we've had dozens, if not hundreds, of couples trying to fill their well-to-do detecting shoes. But Frank W. Butterfield's NICK WILLIAMS, a San Francisco private investigator, and his "husband" CARTER JONES , a firefighter originally from Georgia, are horses of a … Continue reading Nick Williams & Carter Jones

Slater Ibáñez

Created by George Bixley SLATER IBÁÑEZ is an ill-tempered, violence-prone insurance investigator with a drinking problem and a problem keeping it zipped, who prowls the streets of LA, looking for insurance fraud and sex, "keeping his balance with the jobs that his employer, Della, throws his way, and the back-channel support he gets from his … Continue reading Slater Ibáñez

North & Shaw (Borealis Investigations)

Created by Gregory Ashe St. Louis private investigators NORTH McKINNEY and KINGSLEY SHAW WILDER ALDRICH, commonly referred to by readers as simply "North and Shaw," are best friends, who run their own small their agency, Borealis Investigations. They're also both gay, but so far, they're just best friends, in this proposed trilogy from Gregory Ashe, which … Continue reading North & Shaw (Borealis Investigations)

Dave Brandstetter

Created by Joseph Hansen Pseudonyms include Rose Brock & James Colton) (1923-2004) "My joke was to take the true hard-boiled character in an American fiction tradition and make him homosexual. He was going to be a nice man, a good man, and he was going to do his job well.” -- Joseph Hansen "But with … Continue reading Dave Brandstetter