Dixie Flannigan

Created by Chris Rogers Former prosecutor turned Houston bounty hunter DIXIE FLANNIGAN is no cream puff, as she amply demonstrates in her well-received debut, 1998's Bitch Factor. She may be only five feet two inches and 120 pounds, but Dixie proved to be rough-and-ready, no matter what, and her combination of brains, cunning and general bitchiness, … Continue reading Dixie Flannigan

Duck Darley

Created by Casey Barrett Unlicensed New York P.I. DUCK DARLEY has been around, and has the physical and emotional scars to prove it. A former felon and alcoholic who's currently walking the more-or-less straight-and-narrow, he self-medicates by vaping pot, attending AA meetings and getting beat up at his local dojo. Oh, he's also the estranged … Continue reading Duck Darley

Gus Klein

Created by Richard Neely (1941--) Most folks (including me) may not have read Richard Neely's original 1969 novel, The Plastic Nightmare, but for a brief period, it seemed like everyone had seen -- and had a theory about -- Shattered, the confusing, polarizing 1991 film adaptation by Wolfgang Petersen. Suffice it to say while this … Continue reading Gus Klein

Slightly Tarnished Armor

By Christopher Mills Featuring Matthew Dain May 1999   "I'm afraid the son of a bitch is going to kill me." Her voice was hard, cold; as completely devoid of emotion as a telephone operator's. She took another long drag on her cigarette and closed her eyes as she exhaled. I took another sip of coffee … Continue reading Slightly Tarnished Armor

Hit and Run

By Christopher Mills Featuring Matthew Dain October 2008 I was sitting in my '65 Ford Mustang with a thermos of hot coffee between my legs to keep my nuts from freezing, wincing at the icy wind that howled in off Casco Bay and through the half-open window. I hate stakeouts anyway, and sitting in a thirty-year … Continue reading Hit and Run

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

Kouplan

Created by Sara Lövestam It's so hard to be a saint in the city, but that's more or less Iranian refugee  KOUPLAN's game plan. Although he has zilch experience and unfortunately doesn't look more than eighteen, he sets himself up as an unlicensed private investigator in Stockholm, his new home, by placing discreet ads in … Continue reading Kouplan

Joe Kozmarski

Created by Michael Wiley Michael Wiley's The Last Striptease (2007) won the Private Eye Writers of America/St. Martin's Press Best First Private Eye Novel contest, and introduced ex-cop turned Chicago PI JOE KOZMARSKI, whose biggest strength may be that he's, well, just a regular joe. I mean, he's got a mother, fer cryin' out loud, … Continue reading Joe Kozmarski