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Wilson

Created by Mike Knowles At one point in Darwin's Nightmare (2008), Mike Knowles’ hard-charging debut, career criminal WILSON confesses he isn’t “one of the good guys.” Well, duh. Before this blitzkrieg of a crime novel has run its course, young Wilson will have inflicted a world of hurt on his enemies -- and taken more … Continue reading Wilson

Harry Petry (Hollywood Harry)

Created by Curt Allen "Fast women, Hard Liquor. And a detective without a clue." -- the tagline "I am not a character out of a god damn book". -- Harry gripes about his lot in life The always reliable Robert Forster (Banyon, Jackie Brown, Karen Sisco, etc.) dishes out another solid performance, this time as … Continue reading Harry Petry (Hollywood Harry)

Miles Banyon (Banyon)

Created by Ed Adamson "The private eye of the thirties returns." -- tag on the paperback novelization MILES C. BANYON (played Robert Forster) was an ex-cop turned lone-wolf private eye, working in 1930s Los Angeles, in Banyon, a short-lived NBC television show back in the seventies. (The very similar City of Angels and Manhunter, both period pieces, … Continue reading Miles Banyon (Banyon)

Delpha Wade & Tom Phelan

Created by Lisa Sandlin Let's get this straight. TOM PHELAN is the private eye, and MISS DELPHA WADE is his secretary, but she gets top billing on the cover? What's going on here? Okay, neither of them's exactly a spring chicken, but they ain't virgins, either. Tom survived a stint in Vietnam and a gig working … Continue reading Delpha Wade & Tom Phelan

The Beers of Spenser

The Beerhunter? For a while there, it really seemed like Robert B. Parker's Spenser had a quest. No, not some knightly search for some old cup that's been kicking around for a couple of millennium, or something so shop-worn as a lady fair or even honesty, beauty or true love. Nope, Spenser's quest was for... … Continue reading The Beers of Spenser

Ivan Monk

Created by Gary Phillips "Who's the man with the donut shop and the sense of responsibility? --Monk! --Daaamn right!" -sub-title of interview with Phillips on Troutworks   One of the more politically charged of the post-Easy Rawlins nineties mini-boom of black eyes was battle-weary, middle-class, fortyish IVAN MONK, the star of of four ambitious, highly-acclaimed and … Continue reading Ivan Monk

Newman

Created by Janet Roger It's 1947, World War II is over, it's early Christmas morning and the snow is falling, and NEWMAN, an American ex-pat living in a post-war, post-Blitz London, still digging itself out from under the rubble, in Janet Roger's ambitious, Chandler-leaning and much-acclaimed debut, Shamus Dust (2019). Newman (no first name) has been … Continue reading Newman

Johnny Delarosa

Created by David Stever The first one's called Auburn Ride. The second's called Toxic Blonde. I'm betting number three (coming soon) will be Bodacious Brunette. According to my creative writing teacher, referring to women by their hair colour is considered a major faux pas these days; a throwback to a less enlightened and politically incorrect time, … Continue reading Johnny Delarosa

Johnny Midnight

Created by Liam O'Brien JOHNNY MIDNIGHT was the name and title character of an early sixties syndicated TV show (played by Edmond O'Brien), about an actor turned New York theater owner and private eye. His cases frequently brought him to the vicinity of Times Square and Broadway's theatre district, the same area where he had … Continue reading Johnny Midnight