The following detectives were some of the more popular to arise from novels and made into mystery films. These new heroes carried out a new form of justice to uphold the law and assist police.

  1. Sleuths Author/Creator
  2. Lew Archer Ross Macdonald
  3. Boston Blackie Jack Boyle
  4. Torchy Blaine Lewis Frederick Nebel
  5. Charlie Chan Earl Derr Biggers
  6. Nick & Nora Charles Dashiel Hammett
  7. Hugh Drummond Herman Cyril McNeile
  8. Mike Hammer Mickey Spillane
  9. Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  10. Michael lanyard Joseph Louis Vance
  11. Phillip Marlowe Raymond Chandler
  12. Mr. Moto John Phillips Marquand
  13. Hercule Poirot Agatha Christie
  14. Ellery Queen Frederick Dannay & Manfred B. Lee
  15. Easy Rawlins Walter Mosley
  16. Michael Shayne Brett Halliday
  17. Sam Spade Dashiel Hammett
  18. Simon Templar Leslie Charteris
  19. Dick Tracy Chester Gould
  20. Philo Vance S.S. Van Dine
  21. Hildegarde Withers Stuart Palmer
  22. Nero Wolfe Rex Stout
  23. James Lee Wong Hugh Wiley