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

Brock Callahan

Created by William Campbell Gault (1910-97) One of the best, and also one of the very last P.I. writers to have truly written for the pulps (he wrote over 300 short stories for them), William Campbell Gault created ex-LA Rams guard turned Beverly Hills private eye BROCK "THE ROCK" CALLAHAN. One of the first of … Continue reading Brock Callahan

Nick and Nora Charles

Created by Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) Nora: "I read where you were shot five times in the tabloids." Nick: "Not true. He didn't come anywhere near my tabloids." -- from The Thin Man (1934 film) The glitzy adventures of Dashiell Hammett's retired private eye NICK CHARLES and his rich, beautiful (and not quite as ditzy as … Continue reading Nick and Nora Charles

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

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)