Paul Pine

Created by John Evans Pseudonym of Howard Browne (1907-1999)    Of all of Raymond Chandler's followers, the most Chandlerish of them all might have been Howard Browne. And Browne's private eye hero, PAUL PINE, is simply one of the great eyes, no matter how inspired by (or derivative of ) Chandler's Philip Marlowe he obviously … Continue reading Paul Pine

Vinee Calvino

Created by Christopher G. Moore (1946--) Dubbed the "The Hemingway of Bangkok," expatriate Christopher G. Moore is one of Canada's most successful novelists. Yet, perhaps typically, he's almost unknown in Canada (or North America, for that matter). But in Thailand and Southeast Asia he's become something of a sensation, especially among foreign workers and travelers. … Continue reading Vinee Calvino

Jo Gar

Created by Ramon Decolta Pseudonym of Raoul Whitfield "You are sure of something. That is bad -- one should never be sure." -- Jo-Gar in "West of Guam" Diminutive, with short arms, narrow shoulders, stubby fingers and greying hair that make him appear older than he is, polite and soft-spoken, Spanish-Filipino JO GAR is not … Continue reading Jo Gar

John Marshall Tanner

Created by Stephen Greenleaf "...they don't put towns in jail. They probably should, but they don't." -- Tanner in Grave Error A sort of edgier spin on the old Perry Mason/Scott Jordan bit about the lawyer who thinks he's a private eye. JOHN MARSHALL "MARSH" TANNER is a San Francisco private eye who, technically, is … Continue reading John Marshall Tanner

Tom Bethany

Created by Jerome Doolittle A Boston (well...Cambridge) private eye with a difference. Mind you, in these post-Spenserian, aren't they all? Body Scissors (1990), the novel that introduced TOM BETHANY, a man with a colourful past, was an auspicious debut. He'd been, among other things, a soldier in Vietnam, a world-class amateur wrestler (he would have … Continue reading Tom Bethany

Anna Lee

Created by Liza Cody Back in the early eighties, while everyone was huffing and puffing Stateside about Sharon, Kinsey and V.I., across the pond British author Liza Cody was writing an amazing story arc about a young female P.I.'s journey from innocence to a hard-fought world-weariness. One of the very best of the female investigators, … Continue reading Anna Lee

The Thrilling Detective Hall of Fame

I've listed these eyes by the decade in which they first appeared, even though an eye's career may span more than one decade, or even not make much of mark for several years after their first appearance. They're counted for what I consider their quality, entertainment value, reflection of their times, influence on the genre … Continue reading The Thrilling Detective Hall of Fame

Bill Crane

Created by Jonathan Latimer (1906-1983) Jonathan Latimer's first book, 1935's Headed For a Hearse, was one of the first hard-boiled screwball comedies, following closely on the heels of the previous year's The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett. But where Hammett only toyed with the idea, contenting himself with cocktails and banter, Latimer went whole hog. … Continue reading Bill Crane