Easy Rawlins

Created by Walter Mosley (1952--) “If I knew where I stood then I had a chance of getting where I was going.” -- Cinnamon Kiss In post-WWII Los Angeles, EZEKIEL "EASY" RAWLINS, an unemployed black vet desperate to hang on to his small house, agrees to do a little private snooping for a local gangster, … Continue reading Easy Rawlins

Lydia Chin & Bill Smith

Created by S.J. Rozan "I cruised past travel agents and layaway furniture stores, fastfood takeouts and storefront clinics. The Concourse flowed through the Bronx like a river between high banks of stone and brick. Well-made andonce proud, the apartment buildings on either side stood together like elderly cousins lined up for the last family photograph." … Continue reading Lydia Chin & Bill Smith

Moe Prager

Created by Reed Farrel Coleman (1956 --) Guilt. Moral ambivalence. Dark secrets. Murder. In the first novel in this well-received series, Walking the Perfect Square (2002), MOE PRAGER has to deal with all of these. He's a divorced ex-cop who retired from the force early because of a knee injury, struggling to set his personal … Continue reading Moe Prager

Izzy Spellman (The Spellman Files)

Created by Lisa Lutz It's a family affair... Despite her habit of being arrested, former bad girl and wild child ISABEL "IZZY" SPELLMAN may just be the sane one in her family. Which may not be saying much. She's the obstensible bad girl heroine (and narrator) of this series that details the hijinks of an extremely … Continue reading Izzy Spellman (The Spellman Files)

Peter Gunn

Created by Blake Edwards (1922-2010) Suave, sophisticated, hep to the jive, groovin' to the oh-so-cool jazzbo-beat, PETER GUNN was like nothing ever seen before on television or anywhere else, really. He was a new kind of eye. While other dicks hung out in rundown offices, swilling rotgut, living hand to mouth, loners till the end, … Continue reading Peter Gunn

C.W. Sughrue

Created by James Crumley (1939-2008 "When I finally caught up with Abraham Trahearne, he was drinking beer with an alcoholic bulldog named Fireball Roberts in a ramshackle joint just outside of Sonoma, California, drinking the heart right out of a fine spring afternoon." -- the opening lines of The Last Good Kiss Speaking of the … Continue reading C.W. Sughrue

Milo Milodragovitch

Created by James Crumley (1939-2008) "Son, never trust a man who doesn't drink because he's probably a self-righteous sort, a man who thinks he knows right from wrong all the time. Some of them are good men, but in the name of goodness, they cause most of the suffering in the world. They're the judges, … Continue reading Milo Milodragovitch

77 Sunset Strip (Stuart Bailey, Jeff Spencer, Rex Randolph and “Kookie”)

Created by Roy Huggins (1914-2002) "Kookie, Kookie, lend me your comb!" Private eye STUART BAILEY was originally (and intentionally) quite a Chandleresque fellow, trudging through the mean streets of Los Angeles alone, carrying the weight of the world along with him in The Double Take, a quite satisfying 1946 P.I. novel by Roy Huggins. He … Continue reading 77 Sunset Strip (Stuart Bailey, Jeff Spencer, Rex Randolph and “Kookie”)

Michael Shayne

Created By Brett Halliday Pseudonym of Davis Dresser, who also wrote as Asa Baker, Mathew Blood, Kathryn Culver, Don Davis, Hal Debrett, Peter Field, Anthony Scott, Anderson Wayne (1904-1977) One of the most popular private detectives ever, red-haired Miami P.I. MICHAEL SHAYNE has had a long, successful, multi-media career. Shayne made his debut in the … Continue reading Michael Shayne

Amos Walker

Created by Loren D. Estleman (1952--) "The world's black and white, good and bad, no matter what you hear. The people who say it isn't have already chosen black." -- Amos lays it on the line, in The Witchfinder When it comes to cultural icons, literary division, you can't get much more red, white and … Continue reading Amos Walker