Tommy Cuda

Created by Joe Klingler Now here's a weird one... TOMMY CUDA isn't a private eye -- he's a grease monkey slacker pushing thirty, a perennial college student still living at home with a vinyl record collection, an electric guitar, a bookcase full of mystery paperbacks and a headful of dreams, with absolutely nothing going on … Continue reading Tommy Cuda

Holly Gibney

Created by Stephen King When Stephen King finally delivered on his promise to one day write a hard-boiled detective novel, he pretty much blew everyone away with the Edgar-winning  Mr. Mercedes (2014), which played it almost straight, and introducing retired Ohio cop Bill Hodges. When we first meet him in Mr. Mercedes (2014), he's bored and miserable. … Continue reading Holly Gibney

Morgan Butler

Created by David Anthony Pseudonym  of William Dale Smith In his first book appearance, 1969's The Midnight Lady and the Mourning Man, David Anthony's hard-boiled sleuth MORGAN BUTLER is a former cop and ex-farmer who reluctantly takes on a gig as a campus security officer at Jordan College in Jordan City, Ohio, as a favour … Continue reading Morgan Butler

Andy Hayes

Created by Andrew Welsh-Huggins ANDY HAYES is a disgraced Ohio State football quarterback who, two decades later, finds himself a Columbus, Ohio private eye; and one whose cases often drop him right into the centre of controversial issues. But he comes about it naturally -- his creator, Andrew Welsh-Huggins, is a writer and editor with … Continue reading Andy Hayes

Roxane Weary

Created by Kristen Lepionka "Be nice but not too fucking nice." -- Roxane's dad leaves her some final advice As the late, great Warren Zevon might have put it, Columbus, Ohio gumshoe ROXANE WEARY's shit is fucked up. Fortunately, she's a touch more interesting than most of her bad-luck contemporaries... Along with the usual angles … Continue reading Roxane Weary

Bill Hodges

Created by Stephen King (1947 -- ) Of course, horrormeister Stephen King has always incorporated elements of crime into his fiction, and he's often sung the praises of various crime and mystery writers, with John D. MacDonald being a particular favourite. The Colorado Kid (2005) and Joyland (2013), both originally published by Hard Case Crime, … Continue reading Bill Hodges