List of fictional private investigators

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This is a partial list of fictional private investigators — also known as private eyes or PIs — who have appeared in various works of literature, film, and television.

Detective Creator Debut
Angel Joss Whedon Angel (TV) (1999)
Lew Archer Ross Macdonald The Moving Target (1949)
Paul Artisan Gary Troup Bad Twin (2006)
Byomkesh Bakshi Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay
Kate Brannigan Val McDermid Dead Beat[1] (1992)
Joe Caneili Hayford Peirce P. I. Joe Caneili, Discretion Assuree[2] (2000)
Rex Carver Victor Canning Doubled in Diamonds[3] (1966)
Emerson Cod Bryan Fuller Pushing Daisies (TV) (2007)
Elvis Cole Robert Crais The Monkey's Raincoat (1987)
The Continental Op Dashiell Hammett The Tenth Clew[4] (1924)
Harry Dresden Jim Butcher Storm Front (2000)
The Dresden Files (TV) (2007)
Nancy Drew Carolyn Keene The Secret of the Old Clock (1930)
Sir Arnold J. Erens Narcissa Rajabi My Destiny Tracks...
Feluda, or Prodosh Chandra Mitra Satyajit Ray Feludar Goendagiri
Dan Fortune Michael Collins Act of Fear[5] (1967)
Dirk Gently Douglas Adams Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (1987)
Lindsay Gordon Val McDermid Report for Murder[6] (1987)
Bernhard Guenther Philip Kerr March Violets (1989)
Mike Hammer Mickey Spillane I, the Jury[7] (1947)
Cliff Hardy Peter Corris The Dying Trade[8] (1980)
Frank and Joe Hardy Franklin Dixon The Tower Treasure (1930)
Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle A Study in Scarlet (1887)
Arthur Lemming Monty Python Monty Python's Flying Circus - "Owl Stretching Time" (1969)
Thomas Magnum Donald P. Bellisario and Glen A. Larson Magnum, P.I. (TV) (1980)
Philip Marlowe Raymond Chandler The Big Sleep (1939)
Murder, My Sweet (1944)
Hemlock Marreau Robert Farrow Marreau and the Chocolate Policeman[9] (1991)
Travis McGee John D. MacDonald The Deep Blue Good-by[10] (1964)
Kinsey Millhone Sue Grafton A is for Alibi[11] (1982)
Zen Moses[12] Elizabeth M. Cosin Zen and the Art of Murder[13] (1999)
Nameless Detective Bill Pronzini The Snatch[14] (1971)
Harry Orwell Howard Rodman Harry O (TV) (1974)
Hercule Poirot Agatha Christie The Mysterious Affair at Styles[15] (1920)
Laura Principal Michelle Spring Every Breath You Take[16] (1994)
Ellery Queen Frederic Dannay and Manfred Bennington Lee The Roman Hat Mystery (1929)
Precious Ramotswe Alexander McCall Smith The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency[17] (1998)
Jeff Randall Dennis Spooner Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969)
Sunny Randall Robert B. Parker Family Honor[18] (1999)
Jim Rockford Richard T. Heffron The Rockford Files (TV) (1974)
Kiriti Roy Nihar Ranjan Gupta
Matthew Scudder Lawrence Block The Sins of the Fathers (1976)
John Shaft Ernest Tidyman Shaft[19] (1971)
Sam Spade Dashiell Hammett The Maltese Falcon[20] (1930)
The Maltese Falcon (1931)
Shawn Spencer Steve Franks & Andy Berman Psych (TV) (2006)
Spenser Robert B. Parker The Godwulf Manuscript[21] (1973)
Amos Walker Loren D. Estleman Motor City Blue[22] (1980)
V. I. Warshawski Sara Paretsky Indemnity Only[23] (1982)
Nero Wolfe Rex Stout Fer-de-Lance (1934)

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