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Joshua Rabb: Jewish lawyer in the late 1940s and early 1950s working with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and privately, in Tucson, Arizona, by Richard Parrish

Nicky Rachmaninoff: a reluctant cop, divorced father, and jazz pianist, in Beverly Hills, California, in the Left-Handed Policeman mysteries by Robert Westbrook 

Bailey Ruth Raeburn, who dies during a storm and then returns as a ghost to help solve crime in her hometown of Adelaide, Oklahoma, by Carolyn Hart

Rafferty: ex-cop turned private investigator, in and around Dallas, Texas, by W. Glenn Duncan

DCI Joseph Rafferty and DS Dafyd LLewellyn, assigned to the police station in Elmhurst in Essex, England, by Geraldine Evans

Molly Rafferty: history professor at Scattergood College, and Nick Hannibal, a homicide detective, in Boston, Massachusetts, by Sophie Belfort

Neal Rafferty: third-generation cop turned private investigator, in New Orleans, Louisiana, by Chris Wiltz

Poke Rafferty: writer living in Bangkok, Thailand, with Miaow, a rescued street child, and Rose, a former go-go dancer, by Timothy Hallinan

Shadwell Rafferty: Irish saloonkeeper in Minnesota, and Sherlock Holmes, a British detective, by Larry Millett

Annie Raft: north of the Arctic Circle in Sweden, by Kerstin Ekman

Tom Ragnon: cop living in a trailer in Arizona, by Richard Harper

Rai Rahotep: young chief detective in the Thebes Division, in ancient Egypt (14th century BCE), by Nick Drake

Raid: a hit man in Finland, by Harri Nykänen

John Rain: freelance assassin in Tokyo, Japan, by Barry Eisler

Barrett “Bear” Raines: the first black detective in an all-white police force in Deacon Beach, Florida, by Darryl Wimberley

Harrison Raines: Pinkerton spy during America’s Civil War, by Michael Kilian

Agatha Raisin: London advertising retiree living in the Cotswolds, England, by M.C. Beaton

Deb Ralston: police detective mom in Fort Worth, Texas, by Lee Martin (Anne Wingate)

Gwenn Ramadge: private investigator in New York City, by Lillian O'Donnell

Carmen Ramirez: 24-year-old Irish-Puerto Rican lesbian copy editor at her hometown newspaper, in Frontier City, Oklahoma, by Lisa Haddock

Ricardo Ramirez: police inspector and head of the Major Crimes Unit in Havana, Cuba, by Peggy Blair

Ramon, Lucio, Milos, and Neil meet for lunch and take turns to tell their stories, in the Lunch series by Derek Hansen

Mma Precious Ramotswe: owner of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, in Botswana, by Alexander McCall Smith

Dunstan Ramsay, Percy Boyd Stauntan, and others, in Canada, in the Deptford Trilogy by Robertson Davies

Lucy Ramsdale: widowed artist, and James McDougal, a homicide inspector, in Wingate, Connecticut, by Hildegarde Dolson

Charles Ramsay: Chelsea antiques dealer in London, England, by William Ardin

Jamie Ramsgill: architect and Princeton professor, in New Jersey, by James Bradberry

Stephen Ramsey: impulsive police inspector in Northumberland, England, by Ann Cleeves

D.C. Randall: a Persian cat in Los Angeles, California, by The Gordons

David Randall: private detective, and his psychic friend Camden, in Parkland, North Carolina, in the Grace Street mysteries by Jane Tesh

Sunny Randall: private eye in Boston, Massachusetts, by Robert B. Parker

Tai Randall, running a Confederate-themed gun shop, and Trey Seaver, a corporate security expert, in Atlanta, Georgia, by Tina Whittle

Reverend C.P. “Con” Randollph: a former professional football quarterback, now minister of the Church of the Good Shepherd, housed in a skyscraper where the penthouse serves as the manse, in Chicago, Illinois, by Charles Merrill Smith

Haley Randolph: 20-something obsessed with handbags and working part-time at Holt’s Department Store in Los Angeles, California, by Dorothy Howell

Marjorie Randolph: bookstore owner, and Richard Michaelson, a retired Foreign Service Office diplomat, in Washington, DC, by Michael Bowen

Harry Rane: ex-State Trooper, in New Jersey, by Wallace Stroby

John Rankin: private investigator in Washington, DC, by James Grady

Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch: a diplomat and his wife, beginning at the Congress of Vienna in 1814, by Teresa Grant (Tracy Grant)

Alastair Ransom: a police inspector, and Jane Francis Tewes, a doctor, in the 1890s in Chicago, Illinois, by Robert W. Walker

Jeremy Ransom: homicide detective, and Emily Charters, his adopted grandmother, in Chicago, Illinois, by Fred Hunter

Dr. Jonathan Ransom: surgeon with Doctors Without Borders working in the toughest parts of the world, by Christopher Reich

Mitch Rapp: CIA agent whose specialty is tracking down the most vicious terrorists, by Vince Flynn

Jenn Raudsepp: private investigator with Jonah Geller, based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, by Howard Shrier

Aristide Ravel: a young investigator and freelance undercover agent, around the time of the French Revolution (late 18th century), in Paris, France, by Susanne Alleyn

John Raven: tough Scotland Yard detective inspector, later an unlicensed private investigator living on a houseboat, mostly in England, by Donald MacKenzie

Ben Raveneau: an older homicide detective, and his ambitious young partner, Elizabeth la Rosa, in San Francisco, California, by Kirk Russell

Samuel Ravenscroft: detective inspector with the Whitechapel Constabulary, in the late 1880s in Worcestershire, England, by Kerry Tombs

Claire Rawlings: book editor with a 12-year-old ward, in New York City, by Carole Bugge

John Rawlings: apothecary and associate of John Fielding, mostly in 18th century London, England, by Deryn Lake

Mickey Rawlings: 1910s journeyman second baseman in the USA, by Troy Soos

Dolly Rawlins: young widow in England, by Lynda La Plante

Easy Rawlins: black WWII veteran, unlicensed private sleuth, and real estate investor, starting in the late 1940s, in Los Angeles, California, by Walter Mosley

Daniel Rawson: spy, adventurer, and captain in the British army under the Duke of Malborough in the 1700s in Europe and England, by Edward Marston

Anita Ray: Indian-American in Kerala, South India, by Susan Oleksiw

Merci Rayborn: sheriff’s deputy in Orange County, California, by T. Jefferson Parker

Ed Razoni and William “Tough” Jackson, cops in New York City, by Warren Murphy

Jack Reacher: ex-military policeman in the USA, by Lee Child

Sydney Reardon: actress turned jet-set decorator, by Mary Branham

John Rebus: detective sergeant in Edinburgh, Scotland, by Ian Rankin

Maceo Redfield: disillusioned baseball star and college dropout, in Oakland, California, by Nichelle D. Tramble

Rick Redman: lawyer, drinker, rookie investigator, father, and poker hound, in New York City, by Grant McCrea

Tom Redmond: young journalist assisting Ambrose Bierce in 1880s San Francisco, California, by Oakley Hall

Christopher Redmayne: architect, and Jonathan Bale, a constable in 1600s London, England, by Edward Marston

Caitlin Reece: lesbian private investigator, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, by Lauren Wright Douglas

Annabel Reed: gallery owner, and Mackenzie Smith, a law professor in Washington DC, by Margaret Truman

Bob Reed: a police sergeant under a disciplinary cloud, used for odd jobs by Scotland Yard, in London, England, by Charles Drummond (Kenneth Giles)

Pierce Reed: detective in the southern town of Savannah, by Lisa Jackson

Dr. Clio Rees: physician and mystery writer, and Harry Marsh, a chief inspector, in England, by Jo Bannister

Will Rees: former soldier in the American Revolution, working as a traveling weaver in 1790s Maine, by Eleanor Kuhns

Ben Reese: 1960s archivist at Alderton University, a small private college in fictional Hillsdale, Ohio, by Sally S. Wright

Jack Reese: photographer in Shawnee, West Virginia, by John Douglas

Leona “Leo” Reese: lesbian Saint Paul Minnesota police sergeant turned investigator for the State of Minnesota, in the Public Eye series by Lori L. Lake

Paddy Regan: British special agent, in Europe, by Douglas Rutherford

Rebecca Reid: historian, and Michael Campbell, a Scottish professor, in Ohio and later in Scotland, by Lillian Stewart Carl

Francis X. Regan: wheelchair-bound Catholic Bishop, and his assistant David Goldman, a Jewish ex-cop private eye, in New York City, by William F. Love

Nick Reid, a repo man, and his best friend Desmond, in the Mississippi Delta, by Rick Gavin

Savannah Reid: plus-sized private investigator in southern California, by G.A. McKevett

Desiree “Dez” Reilly and Jaylynn Savage, lesbian policewomen in St. Paul, Minnesota, by Lori L. Lake

Cassandra Reilly: Spanish translator based in London, England, by Barbara Wilson

Kate Reilly: aspiring race car driver and amateur sleuth on the racing circuit, by Tammy Kaehler

Mac Reilly: star of a television private eye series, and his girlfriend and partner Sunny Alvarez, jet-setting here and there, by Elizabeth Adler

Nina Reilly: struggling, young attorney in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, by Perri O'Shaughnessy

Regan Reilly: private investigator based in Los Angeles, California, by Carol Higgins Clark

Sean Reilly: FBI anti-terrorist specialist, and Tess Chaykin, an archaeologist, dealing with historical secrets and threats, by Raymond Khoury

Dan Reles: the only Jewish homicide detective in 1980s Austin, Texas, by Michael Simon

Hercule Renard: railway worker in 1930s Paris and elsewhere in France, by Pierre Audemars

Arkady Renko: chief homicide inspector for the prosecutor’s office, in Moscow, Russia, by Martin Cruz Smith

Mark Renzler: ex-baseball player private investigator, in Chicago, Illinois, by Paul Engleman

Charlie Resnick: jazz-loving police detective in Nottingham, England, John Harvey

Jeff Resnick: former insurance investigator in Buffalo, New York, by L.L. Bartlett

Anna Resnikov: a KGB colonel, along with various MI-6 and CIA operatives, starting in 1999 Moscow, Russia, by Alex Dryden

Nick Revill: actor in Shakespearean times in London, England, by Philip Gooden

Estelle Reyes-Guzman: , deputy and later the new undersheriff, and Bill Gastner, insomniac undersheriff, in Posadas County, New Mexico by Steven F. Havill

Claire Reynier: buyer of rare books for the University of New Mexico library in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by Judith Van Gieson

Ali (Alison) Reynolds: 40-something newscaster fired for aging by a Los Angeles TV network, who returns to her hometown of Sedona, Arizona, and takes up blogging, by J. A. Jance

Alex Reynolds: gay accidental spy in Chicago, Illinois, by Fred Hunter

Clare Reynolds: detective constable, and Nick Atwell, police sergeant at Scotland Yard, in London, England, by Michael Underwood

Grant Reynolds: former Boston homicide detective, now a field investigator for the U.S. Legal Attaché office, in Paris, France, by Tom Mitcheltree

John Reynolds, formerly an inspector with the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, retired to write detective novels, in Cornwall, England, by Mary Clayton

Sophie Mae Reynolds: 30-something soapmaker and amateur sleuth, in the Pacific Northwest, in the Home Crafting mysteries by Cricket McRae

Sukey Reynolds: police photographer and crime scene investigator, in England, by Betty Rowlands

Michael Rhinehart: private investigator in Louisville, Kentucky, by John Birkett

Bernie Rhodenbarr: burglar and bookseller, in New York City, by Lawrence Block

Dan Rhodes: laid-back sheriff with a motley crew of deputies, in Blacklin County, Texas, by Bill Crider

Reuben Rhodes, Oliver Stone, Milton Farb, and Caleb Shaw: The Camel Club, a group of four dysfunctional men who investigate political conspiracies, and honorary member Alex Ford, a Secret Service agent, in Washington, DC, by David Baldacci

Lincoln Rhyme: disabled ex-head of NYPD forensics, and Amelia Sachs, a rookie beat cop in New York City, by Jeffrey Deaver

Dr. Megan Rhys: forensic psychologist in Birmingham, England, by Lindsay Ashford

Luigi Alfredo Ricciardi: 31-year-old Commissario of Police in 1930s Naples, Italy, by Maurizio de Giovanni

Alice Rice: detective sergeant (later inspector) in Edinburgh, Scotland, by Gillian Galbraith

Miles Standish Rice: deputy sheriff in Florida, by Baynard Kendrick

Poppy Rice: FBI agent, by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith

Major Jaime Richards: US Army chaplain in Iraq, searching for Eden, S.L. Linnea

Harry Rice: 30-something tavern owner and part-time sleuth, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, by Allan Pedrazas

Merlin Richards: 1920s young Welsh architect in Phoenix, Arizona, by Keith Miles (Edward Marston)

Lil Richie: ex-rocker lesbian private investigator in coastal Maine, Charlottesville, Virginia, and elsewhere, by Phyllis Knight

Duke de Richleau, an exiled French monarchist, along with “Modern Musketeers” Richard Eaton, a conservative Christian Englishman, Simon Aron, a liberal Jew, and American Rex Van Ryn, from 1894-1960, by Dennis Wheatley

Frankie Richmond: 30-something lesbian barrister specializing in family law, in London, England, by Elizabeth Woodcraft

Cam Richter: former lieutenant in a sheriff’s office, now running a private detective agency, in Manceford County, North Carolina, by P.T. Deutermann

Paul Richter: British secret agent combating the forces of evil around the world, by James Barrington (Peter Stuart Smith)

Louise Rick: detective inspector (later chief inspector), and her friend Camilla Lind, a journalist, in Copenhagen, Denmark, by Sara Blaedel

Roy Rickman: Home Office Administrator in London, England, by (David Craig) Bill James

Schuyler Ridgway: sassy realtor in Louisville, Kentucky, by Tierney McClellan (Barbara Taylor McCafferty)

Bingo Riggs and Handsome Kuzak, photographers traveling across the USA, by Craig Rice

Jake Rikker: private investigator, kayak adventurer, and whale-watching tour guide specializing in salvage operations, in the mostly Christian town of Fog Point, Maine, by Linda Hall

Jimmy Riley, working as a private detective in 1940s Panama City, Florida, after losing an arm while on the police force, by Michael Lister

Daniel Rinaldi: psychologist specializing in treating victims of violent crime, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by Dennis Palumbo

August Riordan: jazz bass-player and private investigator, and his cross-dressing friend and assistant, Chris Duckworth, in San Francisco, California, by Mark Coggins

Daniel Riordan: the Raven, once the most feared paramilitary enforcer in Ireland, by Roy French

Matt Riordan: burned-out lawyer turned investigator in Seattle, Washington, by Frederick D. Huebner

Henry Rios: gay criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles, California, by Michael Nava

Superintendent Charles Ripley: head of the uniform branch in Yorkshire, England, by John Wainwright

John Ripley: FBI agent in Chicago, Arizona, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC, by The Gordons

Tom Ripley: charming forger and psychopath in England, by Patricia Highsmith

Warren Ritter: formerly in the Weather Underground, now a tarot card reader, in Berkeley, California, in the Tarot Card mysteries by David Skibbins

Jack Rivera: homicide detective, and Christina McMullen, cocktail waitress turned professional psychologist, in Los Angeles, California, by Lois Greiman

Ed Rivers: private investigator in Tampa, Florida, by Talmage Powell

Chief Inspector Julian Rivers in England, by Carol Carnac

Robert Rivers: burglar and stickup man in Orange County and Los Angeles, California, by Steven M. Thomas

Sophie Rivers: college lecturer and amateur singer in Birmingham, England, by Judith Cutler

Rizzi: police captain in Venice, Italy, by Thomas Sterling

Joe Rizzo: veteran police detective, in Brooklyn, New York City, by Lou Manfredo

Sheila Roath and Stephen Bellecroix, British agents in England, by Bill James

Donald Robak: crusading defense attorney and state legislator, in Bington, Indiana, by Joe Hensley

Rebecca Robbins: Chicago mortgage broker inheriting a roller skating rink from her mother, in fictional Indian Falls, Illinois, by Joelle Charbonneau

Amanda Roberts: investigative reporter in Atlanta, Georgia, by Sherryl Woods

Chief Inspector James Roberts and Detective Sergeant Tom Brant in London's southeast precinct, by Ken Bruen

Mitch Roberts: private investigator in 1950s Wichita, Kansas, later in London, England, and elsewhere, by Gaylord Dold

Randy Roberts: lawyer in San Francisco, California, by Carter Brown 

Dave Robicheaux: deputy sheriff in New Iberia, Louisiana, by James Lee Burke

Maryse Robicheaux: a botanist researcher whose husband absconded, the wisecracking ghost of her mother-in-law Helena Henry, and her friend Sabine LeVeche, in Mudbug, Louisiana, in the Ghost-in-Law Mystery Romance series by Jana DeLeon

Will Robie: hit man employed by the US government when all else fails, by David Baldacci

Becca Robins, who makes jam on her farm to sell at her twin sister Alison’s farmers market in rural South Carolina, in the Farmer’s Market mysteries by Paige Shelton

Nan Robinson: State Bar Investigator in Los Angeles, California, by Taffy Cannon

Lucas Rocco: police inspector in the 1960s, formerly in Paris, now in Poissons-les-Marais, in rural northern France, by Adrian Magson

James Rockford: low-rent detective in Los Angeles, California, by Stuart Kaminsky

Stanley “Rocky” Rockwell: private investigator based in Ohio, by Jack Iams

Nate Rodriguez: talented NYPD police sketch artist in New York City, by Jonathan Santlofer

Phil Rodriquez: Puerto Rican ex-cop private investigator, and his partner, computer whiz Yolanda Aguillera, in New York City, by Penny Mickelbury

Roger the Chapman: medieval chapman (peddler) in England, by Kate Sedley

Mags (Magdalene) Rogers: former Wall Street banker moving from New York City with her dachshund Baxter, to her great aunt Jeep Reed’s Wings Ranch near Reno, Nevada, by Rita Mae Brown

Leo Roi: lawyer and criminal investigator, in Evanston, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, by Phillips Lore (Terrence Lore Smith)

James Roland: detective inspector and Patrick Mansfield, a detective sergeant in Suffolk, England, by Ann Quinton

Helga Roth: by James Hadley Chase

Dan Roman: private investigator in east Texas, by Edward Mathis

Jean Rombaud: French executioner brought to England in 1536 for the execution of Anne Boleyn, by C.C. Humphreys

Maggie Rome: reporter and musician, and C.B. Greenfield, a newspaper editor and musician, in Sloan's Ford, Connecticut, by Lucille Kallen

Tony Rome: gambler and private investigator, in Miami, Florida, by Anthony Rome (Marvin Albert)

Liza Romero: sea captain in Alaska, by Marcia Simpson

Max Romero: half-Scottish, half-Spanish police detective (sub-inspector) in Granada, Spain, by P.J. Brooke

Howard Rook: middle-aged reporter, by Stuart Palmer

Eleanor Roosevelt: 1940s First Lady in Washington, DC, by Elliot Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt: Police Commissioner in 1890s New York City, by Lawrence Alexander

Douglas Roper: detective superintendent in Dorset, England, by Roy Hart

Taggart Roper: freelance writer, living in a trailer with his dog, and moonlighting as a petty criminal, in Oklahoma, by William Sanders

Ian Roper: Detective Chief Inspector, in Rickenham, England, by Janie Bolitho

Rosato & Associates: an all-women law firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Lisa Scottoline

Claudia Rose: handwriting analyst, in Los Angeles, California, by Sheila Lowe

Madison Rose: waitress in Los Angeles, California, in the Fang-in-Cheek vampire mysteries by Sue Ann Jaffarian

Avivah Rosen: military police captain, and Elizabeth “Pepper” Pepperhawk an army nurse captain returning from Vietnam, in the early 1970s at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, by Sharon Wildwind

Nate Rosen: civil liberties lawyer from Washington, DC, taking cases in Virginia, Tennessee, South Dakota, and Illinois, by Ronald Levitsky

Rebecca Rosenthal: 80-year-old Polish-born anthropologist, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, by Ellen Godfrey

Alfred Stanley (Alf) Rosher: crude yet caring detective sergeant (later inspector), in a small city in England, by Jack S. Scott

Superintendant Ross: in England, by J.J. Connington

Carter Ross: investigative reporter for the Eagle-Examiner, in Newark, New Jersey, by Brad Parks

Charity Ross: widowed frontier ranch owner in 1890s Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, by Jack Bickham

H.W. Ross: detective superintendent in England, by Lucretia Grindle

Jack Ross: private investigator in Reno, Nevada, by Bernard Schopen

Ross, Will and Cheryl in the Cycling Murder mysteries by Greg Moody

Jake Rossiter: private investigator, and Miss Jenkins, a “Gal Friday” in post-World War II Seattle, Washington, by Curt Colbert

Alan Rosslyn: private investigator in England and elsewhere in Europe, by Reg Gadney

Porfiry Rostnikov: police inspector in Moscow, Russia, by Stuart Kaminsky

Ruby Rothman: rabbi’s widow in Eternal, Texas, by Sharon Kahn

Sam Rounder: a plump detective chief inspector, and his younger brother Rick Rounder, an ex-cop private investigator, in York, England, by Julian Cole

Trudy Roundtree: the only woman on the Ogeechee police force in Ogeechee, Georgia, by Linda Berry

Daman Rourke: ex-WWI flying ace and police detective in 1927 New Orleans, Lousiana, by Penelope Williamson

Devlin Rourke: detective sergeant in Baltimore, Maryland, by James Grady

Tony Rowley: detective inspector for Scotland Yard, in London, England, by Roger Busby

Matt Royal: retired trial lawyer living on Longboat Key, off the gulf coast of Florida, by H. Terrell Griffin

Vince Rubio: velociraptor and private investigator, in Los Angeles, California, by Eric Garcia

Jack Rudd: detective inspector in Essex, England, by June Thomson

Dan Rudnicki: Ukrainian-Canadian widower with two teenage daughters, working for TransWorld Security, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, by Paul Grescoe

Horace Rumpole: elderly “junior” barrister, and Old Bailey hack, in London, England, by John Mortimer

Rune: aspiring filmmaker with punk tendencies, in New York City, by Jeffery Deaver

Inspector Paco Ruiz: at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, in Madrid, Spain, by James Garcia Woods (Alan Rustage)

Hook Runyon: railroad security agent for the Santa Fe Railroad in the mid-1940s, by Sheldon Russell

Jim Rush: an American on the run from British police in England, by Lesley Grant-Adamson

Gaius Petreius Ruso: recently divorced Roman army physician, in second century Roman Britain, by Ruth Downie

Charles Russell: colonel heading the fictitious Security Executive, a British military intelligence organization, by William Haggard

John Russell: British journalist working as an amateur spy in 1939 Berlin, Germany, by David Downing

Mary Russell: student and then wife of Sherlock Holmes, by Laurie R. King

Alex Rutledge: freelance photographer in Key West, Florida, by Tom Corcoran

Ian Rutledge: shell-shocked World War I veteran returning to his job at Scotland Yard, in London, England, by Charles Todd

Kath Rutledge: a textile preservationist, inheriting her grandmother’s wool shop, along with a depressed ghost, in fictional Blue Plum, Tennessee, in the Haunted Yarn Shop series by Molly MacRae

Myra Rutledge: seven vigilante women operating out of Myra Rutledge’s estate in northern Virginia, in the Revenge of the Sisterhood series by Fern Michaels

Teddy Ruzak: who failed police academy and wants to be a private investigator, in Knoxville, Tennessee, by Richard Yancey

Lt Ryan: a cop in New York City, by Margaret Scherf

Anthony Ryan and Joe Gregory, police detective partners in New York City, by Ed Dee

Jack Ryan: petty crook in Detroit, Michigan, by Elmore Leonard

Jacqueline (Jackie) Ryan: a black cop recently promoted to homicide detective, and Detective Inspector Paul Manziuk, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada by N.J. Lindquist

Father John Blackwood “Blackie” Ryan: Catholic priest in Chicago, Illinois, by Andrew M. Greeley

Jack Ryan: CIA analyst in Washington DC, by Tom Clancy

Kate Ryan: middle-aged, accident prone, ex-private investigator, who later returns to Ryan, Costello, and Winfield Investigations, in Chicago, Illinois, by Kate Sweeney

Kelly Ryan: general manager of WBZE, on the Caribbean Island of St. Chris, by Kate Grilley

Maggie Ryan: statistician and professor, in New York City, by P.M. Carlson

Detective Maggie Ryan: former member of the Dallas PD who recently left the big city for the suburban enclave of Litchfield, Texas, by Susan McBride

Maura Ryan: who joins the family “firm” and becomes the young queen of the criminal underworld, in the East End of London, England, by Martina Cole

Mary Ryan: pastry chef in San Francisco, California, by Claire M. Johnson

Dr. Samantha (Sam) Ryan: pathologist working for the Home Office, in London, England, by Nigel McCrery

Sean Ryan: ex-Irish revolutionary, recruited from prison to infiltrate groups whose plans threaten the security of England, by Brian Cleeve

Max Rydal: military detective in the British Army’s Special Investigation Branch, and his sidekick Tom Black, mostly in Europe, by Elizabeth Darrell

Marcus Rydell: retired police detective working as a private investigator, and Dr. Katrina “Kat” Holley, in Atlanta, Georgia, by Robert W. Walker

Thomas Rydell: Village Chief Inspector, and Sergeant Denise “Denni” Caldecote, in Marston, England, by Christine Green

Carson Ryder and Harry Nautilus, police detectives in Mobile, Alabama, by Jack Kerley

Tim Ryder: world’s youngest Grand Prix winning race car driver, by Douglas Rutherford

Tim Ryder: carpenter in Palm Springs, California, by Stephen Santogrossi

Bill Rye by John Spain (Cleve F. Adams)

Joe Ryker: NYPD homicide detective in New York City, by Nelson DeMille

Garth Ryland: newspaper reporter in Oakalla, Wisconsin, by John R. Riggs

Jane Ryland, a disgraced newspaper reporter, and Jake Brogan, a homicide detective, in Boston, Massachusetts, by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Inspector Ryvet: in England, by Carol Carnac