Joseph Burke

Created by Robert B. Parker (1932-2010) The creator of Spenser just couldn't seem to keep his paws off the past. His occasional forays into the past, including his fresh stab at the legend of Wyatt Earp (2001's Gunman's Rhapsody) and his period-piece dabblings with Chandler's Marlowe (Poodle Springs and Perchance To Dream) had been generally … Continue reading Joseph Burke

Velda Bellinghausen

Created by Ron Miller From the The New York Graphic, February 2, 1951: CHORUS GIRL TURNS SHAMUS "To the disappointment of her many admirers, Miss Velda Bellinghausen, one of the better-known of the leggy chorines of Slotnik's Famous Follies, has turned in her g-string. What does the retiring ecdysiast plan to do with her time? … Continue reading Velda Bellinghausen

Betty Blake

Created by H.L. Parkhurst "The Girl Super-Detective Who Always Gets Her Man!" -- the tagline announcing a story coming up in the next issue A sort of classier, more upscale version of Sally the Sleuth, BETTY BLAKE appeared in a handful of two-page comic book stories in Super-Detective, a sister publication of Spicy Detective Stories, … Continue reading Betty Blake

Jennifer Mays & Gabriel Webb (The Maze Agency)

Created by Mike W. Barr One of the longer-running P.I. comic books was The Maze Agency, which ran for twenty-three issues in the early nineties, plus several specials, one-shots, and the like, making it arguably the second-longest running English-language P.I. series, after Ms. Tree. The stories tended to the more traditional Golden Age mystery, particularly … Continue reading Jennifer Mays & Gabriel Webb (The Maze Agency)

Leonid McGill

Created by Walter Mosley (1952--) LEONID McGILL may just be the Job of detective fiction. Walter Mosley'scontemporary African-American private eye and family man (with three grown -- and at times troublesome -- children), partial to Lucky Strikes and beer, is trying to make a go of it on the decidedly mean and frequently bewildering streets … Continue reading Leonid McGill

Michael Power

Created by Paul Denver Pseudonym name of Douglas Enefer, who also wrote as Dale Bogard and John Powers (1906-1987) MICHAEL POWER was a Chandleresque New York City eye who appeared in a couple of books in the early sixties published by the British paperback house, Consul. His creator was prolific British pulpster Douglas Enefer, who … Continue reading Michael Power

Dale Bogard

Created by Dale Bogarde Pseudonym of Douglas Enefer; other pseudonyms include Paul Denver and John Powers (1906-87) Yet another would-be American tough guy by yet another British author with no particular knowledge of the United States, DALE BOGARD was the creation of prolific pulpster Douglas Enefer (one paperback billed him as "the fastest thriller writer … Continue reading Dale Bogard

Dale Shand (Triphammer)

Created by Douglas Enefer Pseudonyms include Dale Bogard & Paul Denver, as well as the house pseudonym of John Powers (1906-87) "Shand is all man as well as private investigator - perhaps the greatest fiction detective to emerge since Philip Marlowe. We the publishers, guarantee that you will sit up late with him." --well, his … Continue reading Dale Shand (Triphammer)

Bart Hardin

Created by David Alexander (1907-1973) Broadway is his beat. BART HARDIN was the rambling, gambling two-fisted editor of The Broadway Times, who starred in eight novels back in the fifties, fondly remembered these days for, among other things, living above a flea circus in a Times Square tenement. The Broadway Times was essentially a throwaway … Continue reading Bart Hardin