Johnny Amsterdam

Created by Michael Lawrence Pseudonym of Lawrence Lariar (1908-81) "Call Me Amsterdam... In fact, call me anything just so you call me for fun and games." -- Johnny Amsterdam, the "fun" private eye The cover blurb of the 1960 PBO I Like It Cool describes JOHNNY AMSTERDAM as the "eye with a beard (who) squares off … Continue reading Johnny Amsterdam

Sid Ames & Johnny Knight

Created by H.W. Roden (1895-1963)     SID AMES is a rye-swilling New York City gumshoe with a distaste for the cops and a rather unusual occasional sidekick, public relations consultant JOHNNY KNIGHT, who "knows all the angles and rarely misses a trick." Johnny might have served as the brains of the bunch -- if … Continue reading Sid Ames & Johnny Knight

Dennis Booker

Created by Stephen J. Cannell & Erik Blakeney "No badge. No back-up. No problem." God help me. Although it was pretty much universally dismissed at the time as "Mannix for the MTV generation," I sort of enjoyed the absolutely preposterous late-eighties TV show Booker. For some reason, I didn't find it all that bad.]. Sure, it … Continue reading Dennis Booker

Abby Williams

Created by Krysten Ritter No, really. That Krysten Ritter. The star of Netflix's Jessica Jones, wrote a private detective thriller, 2017's Bonfire. Actually wrote it herself! And not only doesn't it suck, but it was surprisingly well received! Hotshot environmental lawyer ABBY WILLIAMS has a pretty swell life in Chicago, worlds away from Barrens, Indiana … Continue reading Abby Williams

Vinnie Altobelli

Created by Milton Bass (1923-2014) After a massive heart attack levels him, San Bernadino cop VINCENT "VINNIE" ALTOBELLI is forced to retire, and is left "walking on eggshells -- afraid of over-exertion, sex and spaghetti" in the 1993 paperback original, The Half-Hearted Detective. So what's a guy to do? Apparently the obvious, non-stressful thing -- … Continue reading Vinnie Altobelli

Count Heinrich von Alternberg/Henry Altern

Created by Brian Clemens Now here's a name you don't hear everyday: COUNT HEINRICH von ALTERNBERG. No wonder he changed it. It seems Heinrich was the prodigal son, returned home to England to discover that the vast wealth and estate his German father had left him was toast, and that he was virtually penniless. A … Continue reading Count Heinrich von Alternberg/Henry Altern

Ray (Stingray)

Created by Stephen J. Cannell (1941-2010) "Someday I'll return, and I'll ask you to perform a favor, and you must do it" -- Ray's terms-of-service RAY (or whatever his name was), as played by Nick Mancuso in television's short-lived Stingray (1985, NBC) was an enigmatic ex-Intelligence officer who helped people with their problems, and valued … Continue reading Ray (Stingray)

Johnny Aloha

Created by Day Keene Pseudonym of Gunnar Hjerstedt (1904-1969) "Familiar enough in its sex and violence and in its expose of criminous goings on in the pop-record business; but it's fast, lively and professional, and Irish-Hawaiian Johnny Aloha is better company than many of ficiton's private eyes." -- Anthony Boucher, New York Times, on Payola … Continue reading Johnny Aloha