List of fictional private investigators

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This is a partial list of fictional private investigators — otherwise known as Private Eyes or PIs — who had appeared in various literature, films, and television series

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

Indemnity Only (1982)

Nero Wolfe Rex Stout Fer-de-Lance (1934)
Byomkesh Bakshi Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay
Sir Arnold J. Erens Narcissa Rajabi My Destiny Tracks...
Kiriti Roy Nihar Ranjan Gupta