Al Hickey & Frank Boggs (Hickey & Boggs)

Created by Walter Hill    At the time, circa 1998, my original entry on this much loved but definitely bleak cult film had a lot of fun suggesting it was rarely shown because it might contradict Bill Cosby's squeaky clean image as America's favourite TV dad. That was such a long time ago... Actors Robert … Continue reading Al Hickey & Frank Boggs (Hickey & Boggs)

Joe Pike

Created by Robert Crais "Joe Pike is a conscious representative of our righteous rage at injustice. He is what happens when society fails." -- Crais explains Pike in The Line-Up. A longtime fan favourite, JOE PIKE is the strong silent partner of Robert Crais' Elvis Cole, appearing in all his books. But in 2007, Pike finally took … Continue reading Joe Pike

Socrates Fortlow

Created by Walter Mosley (1952--) Not a private eye, not a cop, not even really an amateur sleuth, SOCRATES FORTLOW is just an aging ex-con (he served twenty-seven years for a double murder) trying to cope. He lives in a tiny, makeshift two-room Watts apartment, cooking on a hot plate, taking whatever honest work he … Continue reading Socrates Fortlow

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

Mickey Haller

Created by Michael Connelly "Everybody lies... Cops lie. Lawyers lie. Witnesses lie. The victims lie. A trial is a contest of lies." -- Haller in The Brass Verdict Best known for his popular series about dark horse cop (and sometime private eye) Harry Bosch, author Michael Connelly has also dabbled with other almost-eye protagonists, including … Continue reading Mickey Haller

Roger Garrison

Created by Jeff Rovin (1951--) No doubt hoping to cash in on the nostalgia for the twenties, thirties and forties of the early seventies (Chinatown, The Sting, Paper Moon, etc.), Jeff Rovin put out a now forgotten paperback original series featuring Los Angeles private eye ROGER GARRISON, who has an office on Melrose Avenue and … Continue reading Roger Garrison

Joe Shannon (Shannon)

Created by... In the 1961–62 season, George Nader appeared as stand-up insurance investigator JOE SHANNON in the syndicated crime drama Shannon. Joe worked for the Los Angeles branch of the Transport Bonding and Surety Company, which had its headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Joe's job was to protect the company's clients (apparently mostly trucking companies) from hijacking, … Continue reading Joe Shannon (Shannon)

Mike Faraday

Created by Basil Copper (1924-2013) "It was hot in Jinty's Bar, a damned sight too hot for comfort." -- the opening of The Dark Mirror "A damned sight too hot for comfort"? Starting with his first appearance in The Dark Mirror in 1966, hard-boiled Los Angeles private eye MIKE FARADAY was around for years, dazzling 'em in … Continue reading Mike Faraday