Boston Blackie

Created by Jack Boyle (1881-1928) "Enemy to those who make him an enemy. Friend to those who have no friend." --from the intro to the Boston Blackie radio show (1945) BOSTON BLACKIE is a rather peculiar character to include here as he wasn't a P.I. in his original incarntation at all, but a jewel thief … Continue reading Boston Blackie

Raguel (Murder Mysteries)

Created by Neil Gaiman “And what do you do in the dark, Lucifer?” -- Raguel poses a question I tell ya, eventually everyone shows up here on this site. Sooner or later, everybody dips his toe into the P.I. Pool. In the case of comics whiz and storyteller extraordinaire Neil Gaiman, it was in a … Continue reading Raguel (Murder Mysteries)

Nick Carter

Created by Nicholas Carter Pseudonym of John R. Coryell (1848-1924) Sound of someone knocking on the door... Woman: "What's the matter? What is it?" Man: "It's another case for Nick Carter... Master Detective!." Announcer: "Yes, it's another case for that most famous of all manhunters, the detective whose ability at solving crime is unequalled in … Continue reading Nick Carter

Lemmy Caution

Created by Peter Cheyney (1896-1951) Arguably his most popular creation, Australian writer Peter Cheyney's LEMMY CAUTION started out in This Man is Dangerous (1936), as a machine gun-toting FBI agent who always got his man, and wasn't always very nice about how he "got" him. Fortunately for the "reputation" of the Bureau,  in subsequent stories the lunkhead became … Continue reading Lemmy Caution

Mike Barnett (Man Against Crime)

Created by Lawrence Klee Featured on both radio and television, MIKE BARNETT was a New York private eye so tough he didn't need a gun. Take that, Hammer! Along with Martin Kane, which made its debut only a few weeks earlier, Man Against Crime (1949-54) was part of a one-two punch that set the scene for … Continue reading Mike Barnett (Man Against Crime)

Talkin’ with Jim French & Phil Harper

Stewart Wright Interviews the Men Behind The Adventures of Harry Nile (June 1998) Decades after the Golden Age of Radio, the radio detective still lived on in The Adventures of Harry Nile, the longest running private detective audio series in the history of American broadcasting, running from 1976 to 2019, an incredible 35-year run. It … Continue reading Talkin’ with Jim French & Phil Harper

Richard Diamond

Created by Blake Edwards (1922-2010) "Diamond Detective Agency. A pleasant smile, a cheerful rhyme, and we'll keep you from doing time." -- Diamond answers his own phone. Babyfaced Dick Powell was considered pretty much a lightweight song-and-dance man until his rebirth as a movie tough guy in Murder My Sweet (1944, RKO), where he played … Continue reading Richard Diamond

Nick and Nora Charles

Created by Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) Nora: "I read where you were shot five times in the tabloids." Nick: "Not true. He didn't come anywhere near my tabloids." -- from The Thin Man (1934 film) The glitzy adventures of Dashiell Hammett's retired private eye NICK CHARLES and his rich, beautiful (and not quite as ditzy as … Continue reading Nick and Nora Charles

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

The Falcon (aka Michael Waring, Gay Stanhope Falcon, Gay Stanhope Lawrence, Tom Lawrence)

Created by Drexel Drake Pseudonym of Charles H. Huff (1887-1959) Or possibly: Michael Arlen Pseudonym of Dikran Kouyoumdjian (1895-1956)  THE FALCON was the nom de guerre of a true man of mystery. He was either MICHAEL WINGATE, a shadowy figure who took on the underworld with the aid of his friend Sarge, avoiding the police … Continue reading The Falcon (aka Michael Waring, Gay Stanhope Falcon, Gay Stanhope Lawrence, Tom Lawrence)