John Marshall Tanner

Created by Stephen Greenleaf "...they don't put towns in jail. They probably should, but they don't." -- Tanner in Grave Error A sort of edgier spin on the old Perry Mason/Scott Jordan bit about the lawyer who thinks he's a private eye. JOHN MARSHALL "MARSH" TANNER is a San Francisco private eye who, technically, is … Continue reading John Marshall Tanner

Candy Matson

Created by Monty Masters CANDY MATSON was the private eye star of Candy Matson, YUKON 2-8208, an NBC West Coast radio show which first aired in March 1949 and was created by Monty Masters. He cast his wife, Natalie Parks, in the title role of this sassy, sexy private eye. Her understated love interest, Lt. … Continue reading Candy Matson

Henry Rios

Created by Michael Nava (1954 --) HENRY RIOS's a gay, Hispanic, heart-on-his-sleeve criminal defense lawyer and recovering alcoholic (whew!) from San Francisco. He's got quite a rep as a ''rescuer,'' a ''fixer of broken lives'' who's willing to do things his way. But this ain't no Pollyanna feelgood series. Here there be darkness... Henry went … Continue reading Henry Rios

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

The Dead Beat Scroll

An excerpt from the novel by Mark Coggins Featuring August Riordan September 2019   Chapter One: Golden Fingers The theme music for the quiz show Jeopardy! makes an unsettling ringtone. Although originally composed as a lullaby, its relentless, tick-tock, time-is-running-out associations can’t help but impinge upon your dreams if you’ve already nodded off. Other things that … Continue reading The Dead Beat Scroll

Mike Blair

Created by Hank Searls Pseudonyms include Lee Costigan & Anthony Gray (1922-2017 ) MIKE BLAIR was a San Francisco private dick who had a short run in the later pulps. Nothing exceptional -- he was suitably hard-boiled, and despite getting knocked about on a regular basis (his creator once noted that Blair "gets beat up in … Continue reading Mike Blair

Robin Thin

Created by Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) "I am not privy to the quirk in Sergeant Hooley's mind which makes attendance at this particular university constitute, for him, a humorous situation; nor can I perceive why he should find so much pleasure in mentioning that famous seat of learning to me who, as I have often taken … Continue reading Robin Thin

August Riordan

Created by Mark Coggins San Francisco private eye AUGUST RIORDAN once walked the mean streets of Phoenix, Arizona, way back when he first appeared in a novella entitled "There's No Such Thing as Private Eyes" in 1986. But when he returned twelve years later in his first novel, The Immortal Game (1999), he had relocated to … Continue reading August Riordan