Private Investigators

Gutsy, smart and very tough, these private investigators work the scene alone, fighting crime wherever it finds them.

James Lee Burke

A gallery of interesting characters and complex plots revolve around Detective Dave Robicheaux as he tries to navigate his investigations.

Carol Higgins Clark

Mysteries laced with a bit of humour and set in and around New York, featuring private investigator Regan Reilly.

John Connolly

Irish crime writer Connolly is best known for his private detective Charlie Parker stories.

Robert Crais

Crais was a script writer for top television series LA Law and Hill Street Blues, so he knows just what kind of situations private investigator Elvis Cole is going to end up in.

Sue Grafton

Author of the Alphabet series, which starts with A Is For Alibi. Grafton's private eye Kinsey Millhone sets about solving mysteries in California.

Quintin Jardine

Alternating between his favourite settings of Scotland and Spain, Jardine has a whole family of private eyes on the go, including Bob Skinner, Oz Blackstone and Primavera Blackstone.

Laura Lippman

Private detective heroine Tess Monaghan brings insight and intelligence to Lippman's tense, emotional plot lines.

Sara Paretsky

On the trail of a crime, private investigator V.I. Warshawski is as tough, uncompromising, smart and sexy as her home city Chicago.

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