Simeon Grist

Created by Timothy Hallinan (1942 --) According to the blurb, SIMEON GRIST, hip young Los Angeles private eye, "knows the City of Angels inside and out -- the sex for sale, the chic seductions, the clientele of every bar from downtown L.A. to Venice." Well, not quite. Thirtyish man-about-town Simeon does seem to get around, … Continue reading Simeon Grist

Dr. Elizabeth Chase

Created by Martha C. Lawrence Once you get beyond (if you can get beyond) the fact that she's a licensed private eye and a "parapsychologist," the adventures of San Diego's DOCTOR ELIZABETH CHASE (two Ph.D.s from Stanford) are quite rewarding. And pretty fun. But then, you knew I was going to say that, right? Actually, part … Continue reading Dr. Elizabeth Chase

Glenn Hall, Dana Plant, Roberta Young & Manny Lott (Snoops)

Created by David E. Kelley "So that's why you brought me here--TO WAX ME?" -- Glenn, to serial killer who wants to turn her into a mannequin. Snoops, TV hot shot David E. Kelley's short-lived series, about a high-priced female-owned and operated detective agency in Santa Monica, California, premiered the weekend of September 25, 1999, … Continue reading Glenn Hall, Dana Plant, Roberta Young & Manny Lott (Snoops)

Zen Moses

Created by Elizabeth M. Cosin ZEN (short for Zenara) MOSES is the tough, smartass, intriguingly-named female Santa Monica PI hero in Zen and the Art of Murder (1998), Elizabeth Cosin's first private eye novel. Zen's not your typical white-wine sipping sensitive soul female California eye, even if she does own a cat. Nope. She's a … Continue reading Zen Moses

Dave Brandstetter

Created by Joseph Hansen Pseudonyms include Rose Brock & James Colton) (1923-2004) "My joke was to take the true hard-boiled character in an American fiction tradition and make him homosexual. He was going to be a nice man, a good man, and he was going to do his job well.” -- Joseph Hansen "But with … Continue reading Dave Brandstetter

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