SYKM


1940s
Sheila York
  • Lauren Atwill, a screenwriter, and private investigator Peter Winslow, based in 1940s Hollywood, California

Mignon F. Ballard
  • Miss Dimple Kilpatrick: a longtime first-grade teacher during World War II, in Elderberry, Georgia

Aileen Baron
  • Lily Sampson: young American graduate student archeologist, in late 1930s and early 1940s Jerusalem and Morocco

George Baxt
  • The Celebrity Murder series: featuring celebrity detectives from the 1920s through 1950s

James R. Benn
  • Billy Boyle: Boston cop from a family of Boston cops, on the staff of distant relative, General Eisenhower, during WWII

Tony Broadbent
  • Jethro: cat burglar recruited by MI5, in post-WWII London, England

Jim Christy
  • Gene Castle: private investigator in late 1930s to 1945 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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

Max Allan Collins
  • Maggie Starr: America’s most famous ex-striptease artist, now running her late husband’s newspaper syndicate, and her stepson Jack, her VP and chief troubleshooter, in 1948 Manhattan, New York City

R. Cameron Cooke
  • Jack Tremain: navy lieutenant commander on submarines in the South Pacific during World War II

Brian Cooper
  • John Spencer Lubbock: retired World War II DCI, in Great Britain

Thomas Rendell Curran
  • Eric Stride: police inspector with the Newfoundland Constabulary, in late 1940s St. John’s, Newfoundland, before confederation with Canada
Peter Doyle
  • Billy Glasheen: a lurk merchant and milk bar cowboy, in post-WWII Sydney, Australia

A.E. Eddenden
  • Albert V. Tretheway, Inspector, and Jake Small, Constable: 1940s Canadian police officers in Fort York, Ontario

Terence Faherty
  • Scott Elliott: 1940s failed actor turned PI, in Hollywood, California

Gordon Ferris
  • Douglas Brodie: crime reporter in Glasgow, Scotland, in the 1940s
  • Danny McRae: former spy turned private investigator who suffers from memory problems due to war injuries, in post-WWII London, England

Alan Furst
  • Jean Casson: film producer caught up in the Resistance during WWII, in German-occupied Paris, France

Tom Gabbay
  • Jack Teller: in World War II and later as a CIA agent

Sarah Gainham
  • Julia Homburg: leading actress with the Burg Theater in the late 1930s and 1940s, in Vienna, Austria

John Gardner
  • Suzie Montford: Woman Police Constable in London, England during WWII

Hal Glatzer
  • Katy Green: violin player in the Ultra Belles, an all-girl swing band in 1940s California

Robert Goldsborough
  • Steve “Snap” Malek: police reporter for the Tribune, in 1930s–1940s Chicago, Illinois

Robert Gott
  • William Power: would-be private detective leading a troupe of incompetent Shakespearean actors during World War II, in Australia

Kathryn Miller Haines
  • Rosie Winter: an actress during WWII, in Manhattan, New York City

Jack Higgins
  • Liam Devlin: IRA hero in 1940s Ireland
  • Dougal Munro, a brigadier, and Jack Carter, a captain, in 1940s Ireland

Jack D. Hunter
  • Bruno Stachel: the German flying ace from WWI to 1945

J. Robert Janes
  • Jean-Louis St. Cyr, officer in the French Sûreté Nationale, and Herman Kohler, a Gestapo agent, based in 1940s Paris, France

M.T. Jefferson (H. Paul Jeffers)
  • Kate Fallon: young woman during World War Two in a small town in Pennsylvania, in the Homefront mysteries

Cathie John
  • Nick Cavanaugh: Navy vet and Fleet Boxing Champ in 1940s Newport, Kentucky
Stuart Kaminsky
  • Toby Peters: 1940s Hollywood PI in Los Angeles, California

Philip Kerr
  • Bernie Gunther: German private eye who hates the Nazis, in Berlin, Germany, 1936-47

Kate Kingsbury
  • Lady Elizabeth Hartleigh Compton, in Sitting Marsh, England during WWII, in the Manor House mysteries

Ken Kuhlken
  • Tom Hickey: private investigator, in California and Nevada, and the next generation, Clifford Hickey

John Lawton
  • Frederick Troy: police sergeant and later Chief Inspector, from the late 1940s to the 1960s, in London, England

Elmore Leonard
  • Carl Webster: US Marshall in the 1930s and 1940s

Elmore Leonard
  • Carl Webster: US Marshall in the 1930s and 1940s

Margit Liesche
  • Pucci Lewis: US Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) and undercover agent in World War II

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

Susan Elia MacNeal
  • Maggie Hope: spy for MI-5 in 1940s London, England

Thomas Maxwell (Thomas Gifford)
  • Lew Cassidy: former pro football player, now a private detective, in 1940s New York City

Frank McAuliffe
  • Augustus Mandrell: of the one-man professional killer firm Mandrell, Ltd., during and after WWII

Craig McDonald
  • Hector Lassiter: legendary crime novelist who writes what he lives and lives what he writes, in the 1930s-1950s

Geoffrey McGeachin
  • Charlie Berlin: ex-bomber pilot and POW in World War II, rejoining the police force in 1947 Victoria, Australia

Amy Patricia Meade
  • Rose Doyle Keefe: working to support her family in a shipyard in 1942 New York City, in the Rosie the Riveter series

Aly Monroe
  • Peter Cotton: British economic warfare agent in the mid to late 1940s

Walter Mosley
  • Easy Rawlins: black WWII veteran living in 1940s–1950s Los Angeles, California

Eddie Muller
  • Billy Nichols: boxing columnist for the Inquirer newspaper, in late 1940s San Francisco, California

Barbara Nadel
  • Francis Hancock: undertaker in 1940s London, England
Richard Parrish
  • Joshua Rabb: Jewish lawyer in late 1940s and early 1950s working with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and privately, in Tucson, Arizona

Ben Pastor
  • Martin Bora: anti-Nazi Anglo-German officer in World War II Europe

Rebecca Pawel
  • Carlos Tejada Alonso y Leon: sergeant in Guardia Civil in 1930s and 1940s Madrid, Spain

Joel N. Ross
  • Non-series set in WWII

Elliot Roosevelt
  • Blackjack Endicott: in 1940s Washington, DC
  • Eleanor Roosevelt: 1940s First Lady in Washington, DC

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

Harold Schechter
  • Edgar Allan Poe: in the 1830s-1840s, in Baltimore, Maryland, New York City, and Massachusetts

Sandra Scoppettone
  • Faye Quick: private investigator in 1940s New York City

Sarah R. Shaber
  • Louise Pearlie: a young widow working as a clerk for the OSS, in 1942 Washington, DC

Diane K. Shah
  • Paris Chandler: wealthy young widow, gossip reporter, and sleuth, in 1947 Los Angeles, California

Kelli Stanley
  • Miranda Corbie: private investigator, Spanish Civil War nurse, and ex-escort, in 1940s San Francisco, California

Donald Thomas
  • Sonny Tarrant: gangster in 1930s-1940s London, England

Jo Walton
  • Peter Carmichael: Scotland Yard inspector, in an alternative history starting in 1949 Britain, where WWII ended with a truce in 1941

Stanley Gordon West
  • Cal Grant and high school friends in the late 1940s, in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota

Laura Wilson
  • Ted Stratton: detective inspector in 1940s London, England

Edward Wright
  • John Ray Horn: former B-movie cowboy star and ex-con turned debt-collector, in 1940s Los Angeles, California