Nameless (Elizabeth McKenzie)

Created by Elizabeth McKenzie It may be just a trifle (the lead character doesn't even rate a name) of a short story, but the Shamus-nominated "The Big Creep" by Elizabeth McKennzie hits all the right notes. Come to think of it, it's barely even a story; it's almost a character study or a vignette; a … Continue reading Nameless (Elizabeth McKenzie)

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

Hank Dolworth & Britt Pollack (Terriers)

Created by Ted Griffin "Too small to fail." -- evidently not. Alcoholic disgraced ex-cop HANK DOLWORTH (Donal Logue, left) teams up with fellow slacker, drinking buddy and allegedly reformed thief BRITT POLLACK (Michael Raymond-James, right) to launch a down-scale, under-the-table detective agency in grimy, colourful Ocean Beach, California (near San Diego) in Terriers, a short-lived … Continue reading Hank Dolworth & Britt Pollack (Terriers)


Created by Ron Goulart (1933--) So when I first stumbled across this story in an old issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, I'm thinking, "A-ha! Another southern California private eye from Ron Goulart!" And it turns out the story, "Undertaker, Please Drive Slow," is pretty damn excellent. We don't even know LOWE's first name. All we … Continue reading Lowe

John Easy

Created by Ron Goulart (1933--)    Oh, the sheer grooviness! JOHN EASY's a private eye, Southern California division., sub-category: the 1970s. He's "tall, wide-shouldered man of thirty-two, dark and rough-edged" with a taste for expensive sportscoats... and turtlenecks. A no-nonsense kinda guy with little patience for evasiveness. Brusque, tends to interrupt people, bring 'em back … Continue reading John Easy

Jim Rockford

Created By Roy Huggins And Stephen J. Cannell "This is Jim Rockford. At the tone, leave your name and number. I'll get back to you..." So began each weekly episode of The Rockford Files, which aired from 1974 to 1980 on NBC, certainly the most beloved private eye series to ever grace the television screen, … Continue reading Jim Rockford

Jim Knighthorse

Created by J.R. Rain "Let the ass kicking begin..." --from the blurb for Dark Horse Thanks to Amazon and their KDP program, there are a slew of these self-published P.I. series out there, pumped out by writers whose ambition and enthusiasm for the genre are not always matched by their talent. Many of them are … Continue reading Jim Knighthorse

Lew Archer

Created by Ross Macdonald Pseudonym.  of Kenneth Millar, aka John Ross Macdonald, John Macdonald (1915-83) "I hear voices crying in the night, and I go see what's the matter." -- Lew Archer The greatest P.I. series ever written? Probably. LEW ARCHER stands with The Continental Op, Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe as one of the … Continue reading Lew Archer

Veronica Mars

Created by Rob Thomas "A teenaged private eye. Trust me. I know how dumb that sounds." -- Veronica's first lines in the 2014 film. VERONICA MARS was a seventeen year-old who helped her private eye dad solve cases on a UPN drama that made its debut during the 2004-05 schedule. And despite my initial pessimism it … Continue reading Veronica Mars