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Wilbur Peddie

Created by Howard Browne (1907-1999) Best known for his Paul Pine books, writer/editor Howard Browne also gave us several other intriguing private snoops, including one WILBUR PEDDIE. With a monicker like that, you might think Wilbur isn't the most two-fisted of men, and you'd be right on the money. The stories are good, but Peddie … Continue reading Wilbur Peddie

Lafayette Muldoon

Created by William Brengle Pseudonym of Howard Browne (1907-1999) LAFAYETTE MULDOON is the troubleshooter for a real estate company who appeared in several short stories by William Brengle (actually Howard Browne of Paul Pine fame). He's a smartass and a ladies man, but I still wouldn't call him hard-boiled. He's kind of a younger, single … Continue reading Lafayette Muldoon

Paul Pine

Created by John Evans Pseudonym of Howard Browne (1907-1999)    Of all of Raymond Chandler's followers, the most Chandlerish of them all might have been Howard Browne. And Browne's private eye hero, PAUL PINE, is simply one of the great eyes, no matter how inspired by (or derivative of ) Chandler's Philip Marlowe he obviously … Continue reading Paul Pine

John Evans

Created by Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) JOHN EVANS was the last pseudonym given to the character of Philip Marlowe, in a short story by Raymond Chandler. Unlike his previous short story attempts at a series character, however, by the time of Evans' one and only appearance, "No Crime in the Mountains," in the September 1941 issue … Continue reading John Evans

Sexton Blake

Created by Harry Blyth Pseudonym of Hal Meredeth (and a cast of thousands) Created by Harry Blyth (under the pen name of Hal Meredeth) in 1893—six years after Sherlock Holmes first appeared in print—SEXTON BLAKE on to appear in over 4,000 stories, written told by a couple of hundred different writers, including John Creasey, Michael … Continue reading Sexton Blake

Sam Jones

Created by Lauren Henderson Punky, irreverent SAM JONES, young sculptor and occasional aerobics instructor, not to mention accidental private investigator, bouncing around the London art scene. She's feisty, tough, sarcastic, and a thoroughly modern millie dipped in hipster chic. As one would-be, teacup-rattling social critic on DorothyL pointed out "I don't think Lauren's character is … Continue reading Sam Jones

Jackie Fuentes (Killer Groove)

Created by Ollie Masters and Eoin Marron It's the early Seventies, and the Swingin' Sixties are definitely over, but that doesn't mean musicians aren't still pouring into Los Angeles, desperate to stoke the star-making machinery of the popular song, in the 2019 five-part comic mini-series Killer Groove. Struggling singer-songwriter Jonny is one of them. He's a … Continue reading Jackie Fuentes (Killer Groove)

Joe Moran

Created by Dale Clark Pseudonym of Ronal Kayser Other pseudonyms include Clark Clayton (1905-88) "She taught him the steps to a danse macabre." -- the cover blurb of the 1955 paperback Published as half of a 1955 Ace Double (D-109, for those who care about these kinda things), Mambo To Murder by Dale Clark follows former … Continue reading Joe Moran

Gillian Baltic

Created by Dale Clark Pseudonym of Ronal Kayser Other pseudonyms include Clark Clayton, Dale Clarke (1905-88) Here I was, getting all jazzed because I thought I'd discovered a whole new hard-boiled female P.I. from the 1940s when I stumbled across this mini-review of Dale Clark's 1946 novel The Red Rods by Anthony Boucher from the December 8, … Continue reading Gillian Baltic

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