Ivan Monk

Created by Gary Phillips "Who's the man with the donut shop and the sense of responsibility? --Monk! --Daaamn right!" -sub-title of interview with Phillips on Troutworks   One of the more politically charged of the post-Easy Rawlins nineties mini-boom of black eyes was battle-weary, middle-class, fortyish IVAN MONK, the star of of four ambitious, highly-acclaimed and … Continue reading Ivan Monk

T.J. O’Sullivan

Created by Larry Darter A former Detective Constable and ex-member of the Defense Force in her native New Zealand, T.J. O’SULLIVAN is a "sassy Kiwi" female eye, "tough as old boots," who does double duty, starring in her own Honolulu-set thrillers, and appearing occasionally in the author's other P.I. series, alongside LA gumshoe Ben Malone. In fact, … Continue reading T.J. O’Sullivan

Ben Malone

Created by Larry Darter "I was reading "Portrait of a Lady" (by T.S. Eliot) when the phone rang." -- of course. From Foul Play. Considered a tad too trigger happy by his LAPD superiors after a serious of unfortunate shootings, veteran detective BEN MALONE is put on the bench, assigned to Robbery-Homicide Division's Cold Case Section … Continue reading Ben Malone

Glenn Hall, Dana Plant, Roberta Young & Manny Lott (Snoops)

Created by David E. Kelley "So that's why you brought me here--TO WAX ME?" -- Glenn, to serial killer who wants to turn her into a mannequin. Snoops, TV hot shot David E. Kelley's short-lived series, about a high-priced female-owned and operated detective agency in Santa Monica, California, premiered the weekend of September 25, 1999, … Continue reading Glenn Hall, Dana Plant, Roberta Young & Manny Lott (Snoops)

Zen Moses

Created by Elizabeth M. Cosin ZEN (short for Zenara) MOSES is the tough, smartass, intriguingly-named female Santa Monica PI hero in Zen and the Art of Murder (1998), Elizabeth Cosin's first private eye novel. Zen's not your typical white-wine sipping sensitive soul female California eye, even if she does own a cat. Nope. She's a … Continue reading Zen Moses

Richard Diamond

Created by Blake Edwards (1922-2010) "Diamond Detective Agency. A pleasant smile, a cheerful rhyme, and we'll keep you from doing time." -- Diamond answers his own phone. Babyfaced Dick Powell was considered pretty much a lightweight song-and-dance man until his rebirth as a movie tough guy in Murder My Sweet (1944, RKO), where he played … Continue reading Richard Diamond

Carey McCandless & Jessica Williams

Created by J.C. Vaughan You have to give veteran comic writer J.C. Vaughan a thumbs up for persistence -- he's been trying to get his creator-owned private eye series, McCandless & Company, out for over fifteen years, toughing it out through broken promises, bad luck, false starts, revolving artists, a tangled reprinting history, and Lord … Continue reading Carey McCandless & Jessica Williams

Harry Moseby

Created by Alan Sharp "Ain't it funny how the night moves/When you just don't seem to have that much to lose? Ain't it funny how the night moves/With autumn closing in?" -- Bob Seger, who says he'd never heard of the film when he wrote the song. (Yeah, right, Bob...) One of the great private eye … Continue reading Harry Moseby

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

Tim “T.M.” Slade

Created by Raoul Whitfield In High Tide, a rarely seen but surprisingly enjoyable little 1947 B noir from Monogram, Lee Tracy plays gruff, crusading Los Angeles tabloid newspaper editor Hugh Fresney and Don Castle plays TIM "T.M." SLADE, a former reporter who's become a private eye. When Fresney, aiming to run a big exposé on … Continue reading Tim “T.M.” Slade