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

Don Corey, Jed Sills, Chris Devlin & Dr. Carl Hyatt (Checkmate)

Created by Eric Ambler In Checkmate, a fondly-remembered television show from the early sixties, DON COREY and JED SILLS run a very fancy, very expensive, high-tech San Francisco detective agency whose aim is "to thwart crime and checkmate death (by) stopping the slide downhill to tragedy." It was a lofty and intriguing concept, arguably ahead … Continue reading Don Corey, Jed Sills, Chris Devlin & Dr. Carl Hyatt (Checkmate)

Jim Brodie

Created by Barry Lancet Single dad and San Francisco antiques dealer JIM BRODIE is also, rather reluctantly at times, part-owner of Brodie Investigations, the local branch of the Tokyo detective agency his late father founded. But family is family... As an American born and raised in Japan, Jim's fluent in Japanese, and since he's acted … Continue reading Jim Brodie

Izzy Spellman (The Spellman Files)

Created by Lisa Lutz It's a family affair... Despite her habit of being arrested, former bad girl and wild child ISABEL "IZZY" SPELLMAN may just be the sane one in her family. Which may not be saying much. She's the obstensible bad girl heroine (and narrator) of this series that details the hijinks of an extremely … Continue reading Izzy Spellman (The Spellman Files)

Ray Alexander

Created by Dean Hargrove RAY ALEXANDER was a likable-enough detective in a A Taste for Justice, a made-for-TV flick (and pilot for a potential slot in NBC's Friday Night Mystery) that was one of the few television eyes to make much of an impression in that dreary 1994 TV season. Lou Gosset played a retired private eye, who … Continue reading Ray Alexander

Jim Haley

Created by Ron Goulart (1933--) Ron Goulart's fiction transcends genre -- or even easy explanation -- being a general mish-mash of detective, fantasy, satire, straight sci-fi, parody and just plain silliness, reflecting the author's passion for the detective and science fiction pulps and comics of yesteryear. He's a serious scholar, and has published several key … Continue reading Jim Haley