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The Please-Come-Back Kids

Authors Who Left Them Wanting More So, back in October 2006, J. Kingston Pierce, two-fisted editor of The Rap Sheet, asked his readers: "Which long-missing crime novelist would readers most like to see publishing new books again in the near future?" The answer? According to the online poll, was Jonathan Valin, the author of the Shamus Award-winning … Continue reading The Please-Come-Back Kids

Jacob Asch

Created by Arthur Lyons (1946-2008)  JACOB ASCH was a glib, cynical, half-Jewish reporter for the L.A. Chronicle until he got sent to jail for refusing to reveal a source. He did six months on a contempt of court beef, and when he was sprung, the glamour of journalism, for some reason, had lost its appeal … Continue reading Jacob Asch

Harry Stoner

Created by Jonathan Valin In his mid-forties, too educted for his own good and no stranger to brooding and self-doubt, Cincinnati's HARRY STONER is a more intense, more muscular, bigger-shouldered version of Ross Macdonald's Lew Archer, rougher around the edges, more prone to violence. And he's very much a product of his times -- the … Continue reading Harry Stoner

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


Created by A.E. Maxwell (Ann and Evan Maxwell) Another one-named P.I. who managed quite a following for a while is FIDDLER, whose stomping ground is the sunny climes of southern California. It's there that he's set himself up as a somewhat low-key, yet quite lethal troubleshooter and sometime-investigator. He's a big lug, 6'2", with a … Continue reading Fiddler

Peter Boone

Created by William Jaspersohn (1947--) Ex-Red Sox pitcher, avid fly fisherman and widower, PETER BOONE is a private eye who works the back roads and small villages of his home state of Vermont. When his wife was killed in a convenience store robbery and the case bungled by the cops, Boone quit baseball and brought … Continue reading Peter Boone

Jo Gar

Created by Ramon Decolta Pseudonym of Raoul Whitfield "You are sure of something. That is bad -- one should never be sure." -- Jo-Gar in "West of Guam" Diminutive, with short arms, narrow shoulders, stubby fingers and greying hair that make him appear older than he is, polite and soft-spoken, Spanish-Filipino JO GAR is not … Continue reading Jo Gar

Burton Combs (real name unknown)

Created by Carroll John Daly (1889-1958) "I ain't a crook; just a gentleman adventurer and make my living working against the law breakers. Not that work I with the police -- no, not me. I'm no knight errant either." Carroll John Daly's short story, "The False Burton Combs," which first appeared in the December 1922 … Continue reading Burton Combs (real name unknown)

Secret Service Smith

Created by Reginald Thomas Maitland Scott, Sr. (1882-1966) Given that his first name was AURELIUS, it's probably no wonder that publishers usually opted for the zippier SECRET SERVICE SMITH monicker. Created by Canadian pulp writer R.T.M. Scott, Smith was his first great creation. Smith appeared in numerous short stories and novellas in the 1920s, and … Continue reading Secret Service Smith