Myron Bolitar

Created by Harlan Coben One of the most enduring series to pop out of the nineties features mild-mannered amateur sleuth (and former FBI investigator) sports agent MYRON BOLITAR, a man who by all rights shouldn't even be listed on these pages. What can I say? Nope, he's not a private eye in any traditional sense, … Continue reading Myron Bolitar

Easy Rawlins

Created by Walter Mosley (1952--) “If I knew where I stood then I had a chance of getting where I was going.” -- Cinnamon Kiss In post-WWII Los Angeles, EZEKIEL "EASY" RAWLINS, an unemployed black vet desperate to hang on to his small house, agrees to do a little private snooping for a local gangster, … Continue reading Easy Rawlins

Leonid McGill

Created by Walter Mosley (1952--) LEONID McGILL may just be the Job of detective fiction. Walter Mosley'scontemporary African-American private eye and family man (with three grown -- and at times troublesome -- children), partial to Lucky Strikes and beer, is trying to make a go of it on the decidedly mean and frequently bewildering streets … Continue reading Leonid McGill

Dahlia Moss

Created by Max Wirestone Imagine if Veronica Mars was a regular on TV's The Big Bang Theory, and all that tough-girl chic and hands-on savvy was replaced by a eyes-averted, downward-gazing gamer geek in dire financial straits, and you've pretty much got a snapshot of DAHLIA MOSS. It's the cash flow problems (she's got $17.23 in … Continue reading Dahlia Moss

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

Finn Teller

Created by Twist Phelan A Milan fashion house. A Greek kidnapping. A Croatian trainwreck. South American revolutionaries. An embezzler hiding out in Eastern Europe. A deadly African pandemic. It's all part of the job for globetrotting corporate spy FINN TELLER. It looks like author Twist Phelan pumped out all five of the novels in a … Continue reading Finn Teller

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)

Nils Shapiro

Created by Matt Goldman Minneapolis private eye NILS SHAPIRO used to be a cop. And a husband. Now he's neither. He's getting by, coasting on being a smart-ass, but he's still very much feeling the loss of both. Even though he knows he shouldn't. Yeah, it's familiar territory for the shamus game, but author Matt Goldman breathes … Continue reading Nils Shapiro

Charlie Floyd

Created by Charles Salzberg At the ripe old age of forty-nine, CHARLIE FLOYD retired from the Connecticut attorney general's office, tired of the politics and the bullshit. He left with a solid rep as an excellent, if occasionally pig-headed investigator, but for now, he's content, sitting in his recliner, pondering what to do with the rest … Continue reading Charlie Floyd