Charles Heist

Created by Jonathan Lethem “DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON, YOU STUPID FUCKING ASSHOLES? DID YOU FUCKERS EVEN VOTE?” -- Phoebe in The Feral Detective Other dicks keep a bottle in the desk drawer. CHARLES HEIST keeps a possum named Jean. No stranger to the P.I. genre at this point, Jonathan Lethem has already … Continue reading Charles Heist

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

Conrad Metcalf

Created by Johnathan Lethem "The subject was as easy to spot as a kangaroo in a dinner jacket." -- Raymond Chandler "Tell him next time he wants to talk to me, don't send a marsupial." - Conrad offers some thugs some advice on etiquette Hard-boiled private "inquisitor" CONRAD METCALF made his debut in 1995's Gun, With … Continue reading Conrad Metcalf

Oscar Fife

Created by Jonathan Lethem Jonathan Lethem is, of course,  a big shot American writer; an acclaimed  novelist, essayist, and short story writer. His first novel, Gun, with Occasional Music (1994) was a tongue-in-cheek mish-mash of science fiction and detective fiction, featuring private "inquisitor" Conrad Metcalf and a slew of genetically modified kangaroos packing heat. Lethem may be a … Continue reading Oscar Fife