Private Investigators

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Block, Lawrence (65)

From hard-boiled private eye to burglar-turned-sleuth, Lawrence Block can enchant all varieties of mystery lovers.

Emerson, Earl (11)

Earl Emerson is the author of the award-winning PI Thomas Black series, as well as the Mac Fontana series.

Hall, Parnell (7)

Parnell Hall has quite a range when it comes to writing mysteries: from PI Stanley Hastings to crossword puzzle writer Cora Hastings to Steve Winslow courtroom dramas.

Haywood, Gar Anthony (1)

Gar Anthony Haywood has gain critical acclaim for his Aaron Gunner PI series and the Loudermilk mysteries.

Healy, Jeremiah (9)

Jeremiah Healy is the creator of the John Francis Cuddy private-investigator series and (under the pseudonym "Terry Devane") the Mairead O'Clare legal-thriller series, both set primarily in Boston.

Macdonald, Ross (18)

Ross Macdonald is best known as the creator of the Lew Archer series.

Parker, Robert B. (40)

Best known for his Spenser PI series, Robert B. Parker has been compared to Hammett, Chandler and Macdonald.

Pronzini, Bill (32)

Bill Pronzini is the author of the series featuring the Nameless Detective.

Queen, Ellery (22)

Ellery Queen is the pseudonym used by Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee to create their classic mysteries.

Riordan, Rick (4)

Rick Riordan is the author of the Tres Navarre mysteries, which have won the top three awards in the mystery genre

Rozan, S.J. (8)

S.J. Rozan is the author of the Lydia Chin/Bill Smith Series, which has earned several major mystery awards.

Sanders, Lawrence (18)

After two decades as a journalist, Lawrence Sanders turned to crime fiction, including his popular Archie McNally series.

Sayers, Dorothy L. (31)

A classic author from the golden era of mysteries, Dorothy L. Sayers is best known for her series featuring nobleman-detective Lord Peter Wimsey.

Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman (27)

Marjorie Weinman Sharmat is the creator of the popular juvenile mystery series featuring Nate the Great.

Sobol, Donald J. / Encyclopedia Brown (28)

Donald J. Sobol is the creator of syndicated "Two Minute Mystery" column, but is best known for his juvenile mystery series starring Encyclopedia Brown.

Spillane, Mickey (8)

Prolific in his writing for print, television and movies, Mickey Spillane is best known for his Mike Hammer character.

Stout, Rex (50)

Rex Stout is the author of more than 70 novels, most famous of which feature his classic detective, Nero Wolfe.



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