SYKM


New York Mysteries
Anthony Abbot
  • Thatcher Colt: police commissioner in New York City

Lydia Adamson
  • Alice Nestleton: actress and cat-sitter in rural New York state
  • Deirdre Quinn Nightingale: veterinarian in New York City
  • Lucy Wayles: librarian in New York City

Thomas Adcock
  • Neil Hockaday: police detective in New York City

David Alexander
  • Bart Hardin: tough Broadway editor, and Lt. Romano, in New York City

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

Angela Amato & Joe Sharkey
  • Gerry Conte: undercover cop turned defense attorney in New York City

Sheryl J. Anderson
  • Molly Forrester: advice columnist in New York City

Russell Andrews (David Handler and Peter Gethers)
  • Justin Westwood: former Providence, RI, cop, retreating to the local police department in East End Harbor, Long Island, New York

William Ard
  • Timothy Dane: private investigator in New York City
  • Lou Largo: private investigator in New York City

Charlotte Armstrong
  • MacDougal Duff: retired history professor in New York City

Paul Auster
  • The New York Trilogy

Michael Avallone
  • Ed Noon: private investigator in New York City, later on special assignment to the President of the United States

Jacqueline Babbin
  • Clovis Kelly: ex-NYPD homicide detective and TV crime consultant in New York City

George Bagby (Aaron Mark Stein)
  • Inspector Schmidt: colorless cop with a brilliant mind in New York City

Maggie Barbieri
  • Alison Bergeron: newly divorced English professor at St. Thomas, a small Catholic college in the Bronx, New York City

Margaret Barrett
  • Susan Given: an asset forfeiture prosecutor in New York City

Richard Barth
  • Margaret Binton: 70-something little old lady in New York City

L.L. Bartlett
  • Jeff Resnick: former insurance Investigator in Buffalo, New York

George Baxt
  • Pharoah Love: a gay, black NYPD detective in New York City
  • Sylvia Plotkin, an author and teacher, and Max Van Larsen, a police detective, in New York City

Cynthia Baxter
  • Jessica Popper: veterinarian in Long Island, New York, in the Reigning Cats & Dogs

William Bayer
  • Frank Janek: NYPD homicide detective in New York City

Josh Bazell
  • Peter Brown: emergency room doctor in Manhattan, New York, formerly Pietro “Bearclaw” Brnwa, a hitman for the New Jersey mob

Larry Beinhart
  • Tony Casella: family-man private investigator in New York City

Dick Belsky
  • Jenny McKay: 40-something reporter at the lowest rated TV station in New York City
  • Lucy Shannon: newspaper reporter in New York City, by Dick Belsky

Richard Belzer with Michael Black
  • Richard Belzer: private investigator based in New York City

Carol Lea Benjamin
  • Rachel Alexander: private investigator and dog trainer and Dashiell, her Pit Bull in New York City

Ira Berkowitz
  • Jackson Steeg: suspended cop with a drinking problem, in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City

Carole Berry
  • Bonnie Indermil: tap dancer and office temp, in New York City

Claudia Bishop
  • Sarah Quilliam, an inn owner, and Meg Quilliam, a chef, in Hemlock Falls, New York
  • Austin McKenzie, a veterinarian, and his wife Madeline, in Trumansburg in upstate New York

Ethan Black
  • Conrad Voort: NYPD’s richest detective in New York City

Barbara Block
  • Robin Light: pet store owner in Syracuse, New York

Lawrence Block
  • John Keller: hit-man in New York City
  • Bernie Rhodenbar: burglar and bookseller in New York City
  • Matt Scudder: reformed alcoholic and unlicensed private eye, in New York City

Lisa Bork
  • Jolene Asdale: owner of a sports car boutique, in the fictional tourist town of Wachobe in the Finger Lakes region of New York, in the Broken Vows mysteries

Michael Bowen
  • Thomas Curry, an ex-lawyer, and Sandrine Cadette Curry, a Girl Friday, in a law firm in 1960s New York City

Rhys Bowen
  • Molly Murphy: Irish immigrant in early 20th-century who wants to be a private investigator, in New York City

Edgar Box
  • Peter Cutler Sargeant II: public relations consultant in New York City

Eleanor Boylan
  • Clara Gamadge: widow of Henry, the forgery expert, in New York City

Ali Brandon (Diane A.S. Stuckart)
  • Darla Pettistone: owner of a bookstore in Brooklyn, New York, and her cat Hamlet, in the Black Cat Bookshop mysteries

Carol Brennan
  • Emily Silver: actress in New York City
  • Liz Wareham: 40-ish public relations consultant in New York City

Toni Brill
  • Midge Cohen: children’s author fluent in Russian, in Brooklyn, New York

Maggie Bruce
  • Lili Marino: moving from Brooklyn to Walden Corners, New York, in the Gourd Craft mysteries

Anthony Bruno
  • Bert Gibbons and Mike Tozzi, FBI agents in New York City

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

Alafair Burke
  • Ellie Hatcher: detective for the NYPD in New York City

Meg Cabot
  • Meena Harper: young soap opera writer who can foresee how people will die, in New York City
  • Heather Wells: 28 year-old former teen idol turned private investigator, in New York City

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

Caleb Carr
  • John Schuyler Moore: turn-of-the-century journalist in New York City

Tori Carrington
  • Sofie Metropolis: Greek-American private investigator, in Queens, New York City

Charlotte Carter
  • Nanette Hayes: a jazz-playing saxophonist, in New York City

Richard Castle
  • Nikki Heat: tough, sexy, professional NYPD homicide detective, in New York City

Henry Chang
  • Jack Yu: police detective in Chinatown, New York City

Jerome Charyn
  • Sidney Holden: hit-man in New York City
  • Isaac Sidel: deputy police commissioner, later Mayor, in New York City

Thomas Chastain
  • Max Kauffman, an NYPD inspector, and J.T. Spanner, a private investigator, in New York City

Suzanne Chazin
  • Georgia Skeehan: a rookie fire marshal in New York City

George Chesbro
  • Dr. Robert “Mongo” Frederickson: dwarf criminology professor and former circus gymnast in New York City
  • Veil Kendry: painter and adventurer in New York City

Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston
  • Margo Green: natural history museum curator in New York City

Joyce Christmas
  • Lady Margaret Priam: British society lady living in New York City

Jill Churchill
  • Lily Brewster, socialite and her brother, Robert Brewster, victims of the stock market crash of 1929, in the Grace and Favor mysteries

Mary Jane Clark
  • Eliza Blake: TV news morning show host, along with producer Annabelle Murphy, cameraman B.J. D’Elia, and psychiatrist Dr. Margo Gonzalez, in New York City, in the Sunrise Suspense Society series

Peter Clement
  • Dr. Earl Garnet: Emergency Room Chief at St. Paul’s Hospital, in Buffalo, New York
  • Richard Steel: widowed burned-out ER doctor with a teen-age son, and world-renowned geneticist Kathleen Sullivan, in New York City

Harlan Coben
  • Myron Bolitar: injured basketball player turned sports agent in New York City

Tucker Coe (Donald Westlake)
  • Mitch Tobin: ex-cop private investigator, in Queens, New York

Gabriel Cohen
  • Jack Leightner: homicide detective in Brooklyn, New York

Meredith Cole
  • Lydia McKenzie: an edgy art photographer who also works as an administrative assistant at the D’Angelo detective agency, in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York City

Reed Farrel Coleman
  • Dylan Klein: insurance investigator in New York City
  • Moe Prager: ex-cop in 1980s New York City

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

Michael Collins
  • Dan Fortune: one-armed Polish-Lithuanian private investigator in New York City

Richard Condon
  • Charley Partanna: gourmet cook and hit man for the Prizzi crime family, in New York City

Robin Cook
  • Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery: medical examiners in New York City

Thomas H. Cook
  • Frank Clemons: homicide detective in Atlanta, Georgia, later a private eye in New York City

Mike Cooper
  • Silas Cade: black-ops Iraq war veteran and contract consultant working for Wall Street hedge fund managers and investors, based in New York City

Cleo Coyle
  • Clair Cosi: manager of the Village Blend, a landmark coffeehouse in New York City’s Greenwich Village, in the Coffeehouse mysteries

Isis Crawford
  • Bernie and Libby Simmons: caterers in Longely, New York, in the Mystery with Recipes series

David Cray (Stephen Solomita)
  • Julie Brennan: NYPD detective in New York City

Camilla T. Crespi
  • Simona Griffo: art buyer for an advertising firm and gourmet cook in New York City

Amanda Cross
  • Kate Fansler: university English professor in New York City

E.V. Cunningham
  • John Comaday, a police commissioner, and Larry Cohen, Manhattan Assistant District Attorney, in New York City
  • Harvey Krim: NYPD detective in New York City
Carroll John Daly
  • Vee Brown: private investigator who writes songs as Vivian Brown (his real name), in New York City
  • Satan Hall: police detective in New York City
  • Race Williams: the original hard boiled private investigator, in New York City

Elizabeth Daly
  • Henry Gamadge: author, bibliophile, and forgery expert, in New York City

Dorothy Salisbury Davis
  • Julie Hayes: actress turned gossip columnist and fortune teller, in New York City
  • Lieutenant Marks: detective in New York City
  • Mrs. Norris: Scottish housekeeper and amateur sleuth, and Jasper Tully, a DA investigator, in New York City

William L. DeAndrea
  • Niccolo Benedetti: world renowned criminologist-professor in Sparta, New York
  • Matt Cobb: investigator for network television in New York City
  • Clifford Driscoll: no-named American spy in New York City

Jeffery Deaver
  • Lincoln Rhyme, a disabled ex-head of NYPD forensics, and Amelia Sachs, a rookie beat cop in New York City
  • Rune: aspiring filmmaker with punk tendencies, in New York City

Ed Dee
  • Anthony Ryan and Joe Gregory: police detective partners in New York City

Nelson DeMille
  • John Corey: NYPD detective in Long Island, New York
  • Joe Keller: NYPD homicide detective in New York City
  • Joe Ryker: NYPD Homicide detective in New York City

Jane Dentinger
  • Jocelyn O’Roarke: an actress in New York City

Peter de Jonge
  • Darlene O’Hara, a homicide detective in the 7th precinct, and her partner, Serge “K.” Krekorian, in New York City

Stephen Dobyns
  • Charlie Bradshaw: ex-cop turned detective in Saratoga Springs, New York

John Donohue
  • Connor Burke: university professor and martial-arts student, in New York City

David Duffy
  • Turbo Vlost: an ex-KGB operative, now a private investigator in New York City

Mignon G. Eberhart
  • Sara (Sally) Keate: nurse in New York

Rosemary Edghill
  • Karen Hightower: (aka Bast), white witch and graphic designer in New York City

Grace F. Edwards
  • Mali Anderson: black female ex-NYPD cop turned sleuth in Harlem, New York

Jack Ehrlich
  • Robert Flick: parole officer in New York

Selma Eichler
  • Desiree Shapiro: 5' 2" queen-sized private investigator in New York City

Richard Ellington
  • Steve Drake: former actor turned private investigator, based in New York City

J.F. Englert
  • Randolph: poetry-loving black Labrador, and Harry, a struggling artist, in Manhattan, New York City, in the Bull Moose Dog Run mysteries

Linda Fairstein
  • Alex Cooper: Assistant District Attorney in New York City

Gillian B. Farrell
  • Annie McGrogan: actor and private investigator in New York City

Lyndsay Faye
  • Timothy Wilde: ex-bartender and officer in the newly organized police force, in 1845 New York City

Ruth Fenisong
  • Gridley Nelson: rich, Princeton-educated homicide lieutenant, later captain, in New York City

Bruno Fischer
  • Ben Helm: ex-cop turned private investigator in New York City

Bill Fitzhugh
  • Bob Dillon, a pest exterminator in Queens, New York, and Klaus Müller, an assassin, in the Assassin Bug thrillers

Richard Fliegel
  • Shelly Lowenkopf: Jewish police sergeant, later a private investigator, in the Bronx, New York

Rae Foley
  • John Harland: in New York City
  • Hiram Potter: wealthy young man in New York City and New England

Valerie Frankel
  • Wanda Mallory: owner of the Do It Right Detective Agency, in Times Square, New York City

Eugene Franklin (Franklin Bandy)
  • Berkeley Barnes: lawyer, hypochondriac, and private investigator, and Larry Howe, his “Archie,” in New York City

Stephen Frey
  • Christian Gillette: CEO of Everest Capital, a Manhattan-based investment firm, in New York City

Shelley Freydont
  • Liv Montgomery: burned out New York City event planner, moving to a small lakeside town in rural New York, in the Celebration Bay series

Kinky Friedman
  • Kinky Friedman: country and western singer turned sleuth in New York City

Eileen Fulton
  • Mina McFall: TV soap opera star, and Dino Rossi, a police lieutenant, in New York City

Ruthe Furie
  • Fran Kirk: an ex-battered wife turned private investigator working for an insurance company, in Buffalo, New York

Jim Fusilli
  • Terry Orr: newly-licensed private investigator and his daughter Bella, in Manhattan, New York

Alison Gaylin
  • Samantha Leiffer: preschool teacher in New York City

Tony Gibbs
  • Diana Speed: publishing company chief financial office in New York City
  • Gillian Verdean: boat owner in Long Island, New York

Leslie Glass
  • April Woo: police officer in New York City

John Godey
  • Jack Albany: small-time actor mistaken for a Mafia hit-man, in New York City

Ed Goldberg
  • Lenny Schneider: hardboiled Jewish private investigator, based in New York City

Robert Goldsborough
  • Nero Wolfe: private eye and gourmet in New York City (continuation of Rex Stout series)

Ed Gorman
  • Tobin: a hot-tempered movie critic in New York City

Heywood Gould
  • Josh Krales: crime reporter for the New York Event, in New York City

Nancy Grace
  • Hailey Dean: former assistant district attorney in Atlanta, now a therapist and TV personality in New York City

Bill Granger
  • Devereaux: AKA The November Man, a field intelligence agent for R Section, in New York City

Gallagher Gray (Katy Munger)
  • T.S. Hubbert, a retired personnel director, and 84-year old Auntie Lil, retired from the garment industry, in New York City, in the Partners in Crime series

Anna Katherine Green
  • Ebenezer Gryce: detective with the New York police
  • Caleb Sweetwater: policeman in New York

Norman Green
  • Alessandra (Al) Martillo: assistant to Marty Stiles, an ex-NYPD cop turned PI

Martha Grimes
  • Emma Graham: young girl in La Porte, New York

Isidore Haiblum
  • James Shaw: Jewish private investigator in New York City
  • Morris Weiss: Yiddish detective at Weiss and Weiss, in 1950s New York City

J.P. Hailey (Parnell Hall)
  • Steve Winslow: court room attorney in New York City

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

Parnell Hall
  • Stanley Hastings: married actor and private eye in New York City

Victoria Hamilton (Donna Lea Simpson)
  • Merry Wynter: an expert muffin baker who inherits a mansion in fictional Autumn Vale, New York, in the Merry Muffin mysteries

David Handler
  • Mitch Berger: New York film critic, and Desiree “Des” Mirty, a black police detective, in Dorset, Connecticut

Jonathan Harrington
  • Danny O’Flaherty: American teacher researching his family’s roots in Ireland, and in New York City

Lee Harris
  • Jane Bauer: detective in the NYPD unsolved crimes department, in New York City
  • Christine Bennett: ex-nun in New York City

James Neal Harvey
  • Ben Tolliver: NYPD lieutenant in New York City

Richard Hawke (Tim Cockey)
  • Fritz Malone: private investigator, and bastard son of a former police commissioner, in New York City

Sparkle Hayter
  • Robin Hudson: cable news reporter in New York City

Daniel Hearn
  • Joe Noonan: ex-cop, Vietnam vet, private investigator, in New York City

William Heffernan
  • Paul Devlin: NYPD detective in New York City

Sara J. Henry
  • Troy Chance: freelance writer in Lake Placid, New York

Chester Himes
  • Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson: detectives in Harlem, living in Astoria, Queens, New York

Jane Stanton Hitchcock
  • Jo Slater: sociopathic socialite in New York City

Edward D. Hoch
  • Simon Ark: 2000 year-old Coptic priest, in New York City

Isabelle Holland
  • Rev. Claire Aldington: psychologist and Episcopal priest at St. Anselm’s, in Manhattan, New York

S.W. Hubbard
  • Frank Bennett: police chief in Trout Run, in the Adirondack Mountains of New York

Dorothy B. Hughes
  • William “Toby” Tobin: Princeton-educated homicide inspector, in New York City

Charlie Huston
  • Henry Thompson: former high school star baseball player, now a bartender with a drinking problem in Paul’s Place, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York City
  • Joe Pitt: rogue private investigator and vampire, in Manhattan, New York City

Eleanor Hyde
  • Lydia Miller: 30-something fashion editor in New York City

Susan Isaacs
  • Judith Singer: resident of Long Island, New York

Michael Jahn
  • Bill Donovan: Chief of Special Investigations, New York City

H. Paul Jeffers
  • John Bogdanovic: police sergeant and aide to the NYPD Chief of Detectives, in New York City
  • Harry MacNeil: ex-cop private investigator who wants to be a jazz clarinetist, in 1930s New York City

Merry Jones
  • Harper Jennings: Iraq war veteran with PTSD, now a teaching assistant at Cornell University, in New York

Daniel Judson
  • Declan (Mac) MacManus: struggling 30-something part-time private investigator living above a bar, in Southampton, New York
Andrea Kane
  • Sloane Burbank: 30-year-old former FBI crisis negotiator, now an independent consultant, and her former lover FBI agent Derek Parker, in New York City

Larry Karp
  • Dr. Thomas Purdue: neurologist and antique music box collector-restorer, in New York City

David A. Kaufelt
  • Wyn Lewis: real estate attorney, on Long Island, New York

Judith Kelman
  • Sarah Spooner: assistant district attorney with family problems, in New York

Baynard Kendrick
  • Captain Duncan Maclain: blinded by gas in WWI, working as a detective, assisted by his wife Rena, and Spud Savage, in New York City

William Kennedy
  • The Albany Cycle, some criminous/noir or political thrillers, some not, following an ensemble of characters with Albany, New York, in common

Michael Kilian
  • Bedford Green: art gallery owner and his assistant Sloan Smith, in 1920s Greenwich Village, New York

Diana Killian
  • A.J. (Anna Jolie) Alexander: 30-something marketing consultant in Manhattan, New York, in the Yoga mysteries

Frank King (Lydia Adamson)
  • Sally Tepper: unemployed actress with five dogs, in New York City

Charles Kipps
  • Conor Bard: homicide detective in New York City

Elsa Klensch
  • Sonya Iverson: producer of the network newsmagazine “The Donna Fuller Show” in New York City

Chris Knopf
  • Sam Acquillo: 50-something, retired engineer, in Southampton, Long Island, New York

Edward Koch
  • Edward Koch: Mayor of New York City

Michael Kurland
  • Alexander Brass: newspaper columnist in 1935 New York City

Ed Lacy
  • Lee Hayes: black police detective, in New York City
  • Dave Wintino: brash new cop in New York City

Cecile Lamalle
  • Charly Poisson: chef and co-owner of La Fermette, the best (and only) French restaurant in Van Buren County, upstate New York

Edwin Lanham
  • Frank Luther: city editor in New York City
  • Madigan: police lieutenant in New York City

Emma Lathen
  • John Putnam Thatcher: Wall Street financial whiz, based in New York City

Hilda Lawrence
  • Mark East: private investigator from New York City, and spinsters Beulah Pond and Bessy Petty, in New England

Con Lehane
  • Brian McNulty: bartender in 1980s Manhattan, New York City

Allan Levine
  • Charles St. Clair: journalist in 1870s New York City

Katia Lief (Kate Pepper)
  • Karin Schaeffer: former homicide detective whose family was murdered, in Brooklyn, New York

Lawrence Light
  • Karen Glick: feature writer for a Wall Street magazine, in New York City

Ed Lin
  • Robert Chow: NYPD Chinatown beat cop in 1976 New York City

Jack Livingston
  • Joe Binney: deaf private investigator, in New York City

Frances and Richard Lockridge
  • Merton Heimrich: lieutenant for the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Identification, in The Corners, Putnam County, New York
  • Paul Lane: detective working out of the 19th Precinct in New York City
  • Jerry and Pam North: book publisher and his wife, along with Bill Weigand and Sergeant Mullins, police officers, in New York City
  • Nathan Shapiro: a Jewish cop usually working in homicide under Bill Weigand, in New York City
  • Bernie Simmons: assistant district attorney in New York City

Bill Loehfelm
  • Maureen Coughlin: 29-year-old cocktail waitress on Staten Island, New York, later a cop in New Orleans, Louisianak

Randye Lordon
  • Sydney Sloan: lesbian private investigator in New York City, in the Stonewall Inn mysteries

M.K. Lorens
  • Winston Marlowe Sherman: professor in Aisley, New York

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

Elizabeth Lowell
  • St. Kilda Consulting: Manhattan-based, global business that concentrates on the shadow world where governments can’t go

Mike Lupica
  • Peter Finley: TV reporter in New York City
  • Jack “The Jammer” Molloy: former Las Vegas casino concierge, now owner of the New York Hawks football team

John Lutz
  • Frank Quinn: former NYPD homicide detective, in New York City

Scott Mackay
  • Dr. Clyde Deacon: President McKinley’s former physician, who moves to Fairfield, New York in 1902

John Mackie
  • Thornton Savage: NYPD detective in New York City

Robert MacLeod (Bill Knox)
  • Talos Cord: United Nations troubleshooter in New York City

Mary Jane Maffini
  • Charlotte Adams: 5-foot tall professional organizer, in upstate Woodbridge, New York

Dan Mahoney
  • Brian McKenna: a police detective in New York City
  • Cisco Sanchez: a police detective in New York City

Jaye Maiman
  • Robin Miller: lesbian romance novel and travel writer turned private investigator, in New York City

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

David Markson
  • Harry Fannin: private detective, in 1960s New York City

Margaret Maron
  • Sigrid Harald: police lieutenant in New York City

William Maltese
  • Stud Draqual: maybe gay, maybe not CEO of Draqual Fashions, and a much-in-demand New York City haute-couture fashion designer of ladies' silk underwear

Irene Marcuse
  • Anita Servi: a social worker tending the elderly in Manhattan, New York

Dan J. Marlowe
  • Johnny Killain: hotel detective at the Hotel Duarte and part-time private investigator, in New York City

Evan Marshall
  • Anna Winthrop: Department of Sanitation garage supervisor in Manhattan, New York City

William Marshall
  • Tillman and Muldoon: policemen in 1880s New York City

Rosemary Martin (Resemary Stevens)
  • Bebe Bennett: executive secretary in a modeling agency in 1960s New York City in the Murder a-Go-Go series

Michele Martinez
  • Melanie Vargas: federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan, New York

Harold Q. Masur
  • Scott Jordan: brash young lawyer in New York City

Amanda Matetsky
  • Paige Turner: mystery novelist and crime reporter, and a Korean War widow, in 1950s New York City

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

Ed McBain
  • 87th Precinct cops: in Isola, New York

James McCahery
  • Lavina London: 70-something retired radio personality, in New York

Robert McCammon
  • Matthew Corbett: young magistrate’s clerk, in 1699 Carolina and 1703 New York City

Helen McCloy
  • Basil Willing: psychiatrist and sleuth, in New York, and later Boston, Massachusetts

Judi McCoy
  • Ellie Engleman: professional dog walker who communicates psychically with dogs, her adopted Yorkie Rudy, and her sometime boyfriend police detective Sam Ryder, in Manhattan, New York City, in the Dog Walker mysteries

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

Edmund McGirr (Kenneth Giles)
  • Jim Piron: private investigator at the Detective Agency run by the Old Man, in New York City

Ralph M. McInerny
  • Philip Knight: a New York PI, and his brother, Roger Knight, a philosophy professor in South Bend, Indiana

Michael McKinley
  • Martin Carter: former star Canadian hockey player, now retired due to a head injury and working with the New York St. Patricks team in community relations

Adrian McKinty
  • Michael Forsythe: illegal immigrant from Belfast, Northern Ireland, in New York City

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

Annette Meyers
  • Olivia Brown: bohemian poet and women's rights advocate in the 1920s Greenwich Village, New York
  • Xenia Smith and Leslie Wetzon: Wall Street headhunters

Maan Meyers
  • The Tonneman Family: from New Amsterdam in 1664, to New York City in 1895

Martin Meyers
  • Patrick Hardy: private eye in New York City

Kasey Michaels
  • Maggie Kelly: writer of historical romances, dumped by her publisher, starts writing mysteries, in New York City

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

John Misak
  • John Keegan: a homicide detective in New York City

Rick Mofina
  • Jack Gannon: veteran crime reporter in Buffalo, New York

Miriam Grace Monfredo
  • Glynis Tryon: independent thinker and librarian, in mid-1800s New York, in the Seneca Falls mysteries

Harker Moore
  • James Sakura: Japanese-American NYPD lieutenant in New York City

Walter Mosley
  • Leonid McGill: black ex-boxer, old-school private investigator, in New York City

Dallas Murphy
  • Artie Deemer: jazz aficionado supported by his dog Jellyroll, a movie and dog-food commercial star, in New York City

J.J. Murphy
  • Dorothy Parker: the witty writer in 1920s Manhattan, New York City, in the Algonquin Round Table mysteries

Warren Murphy
  • Ed Razoni and William “Tough” Jackson: white and black cops, respectively, in New York City

Reggie Nadelson
  • Artie Cohen: Moscow-born NYPD cop, later a private investigator, based in New York City

Paul Nathan
  • Bert Swain: divorced middle-aged writer and head of public relations at a Manhattan medical research center, in New York City

Kris Neri
  • Tracy Eaton: mystery writer and sleuth in New York City

Christopher Newman
  • Joe Dante: maverick cop in New York City

Meg O’Brien
  • Jessica “Jesse” James: investigative reporter in Rochester, New York

Raymond Obstfeld
  • Harry Gould: small-time grifter in New York City

Thomas O’Callaghan
  • John W. Driscoll: homicide detective lieutenant in New York City

Carol O’Connell
  • Kathleen Mallory: police detective in New York City

Shannon O’Cork
  • T.T. Baldwin: a sports photographer in New York City

Lillian O’Donnell
  • Mici Anhalt: Crime Victims’ Compensation Board in New York City
  • Norah Mulcahaney: homicide detective in New York City
  • Gwenn Ramadge: private investigator in New York City

Clare O’Donohue
  • Nell Fitzgerald: former Manhattan publishing professional now helping her grandmother, Eleanor Cassidy, run a quilting store in the Hudson River town of Archer’s Rest, New York, in the Someday Quilts mysteries

Leslie O’Kane
  • Molly Masters: cartoonist and greeting card entrepreneur in Albany, New York

Marc Olden
  • Manny Decker: detective sergeant with martial arts skills, in New York City

Tim O’Mara
  • Raymond Donne: former NYPD detective, now a teacher in his old precinct, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York

David Osborn
  • Margaret Barlow: a 50-something freelance journalist in New York City
Frank Packard
  • Jimmie Dale: wealthy dilettante and safecracker by night as the Robin-Hoodish Gray Seal, in New York City

Ellen Pall
  • Juliet Bodine: successful writer of Regency novels and ex-professor of English literature at Barnard in New York City

Linda Palmer
  • Morgan Tyler: 30-year-old widow, the head writer of the daytime drama “Love of My Life” in New York City

Stuart Palmer
  • Hildegarde Withers: schoolma’am in New York, later retired to Los Angeles, California

Orania Papazoglou (Jane Haddam)
  • Patience Campbell McKenna: 6-ft romance novelist turned crime writer in New York

Sharon Pape
  • Rory (Aurora) McCain: former police sketch artist, now a private investigator sharing a house with the ghost of Federal Marshal Zeke (Ezekiel) Drummond in Huntington, Long Island, New York, in the Portrait of Crime mysteries

Barbara Paul
  • Enrico Caruso: Italian tenor in New York City
  • Marian Larch: police officer in New York City

Hugh Pentecost (Judson Philips)
  • Pierre Chamburn: the resident manager of the Hotel Beaumont in New York City

Thomas Perry
  • Jane Whitefield: Native American guide in Deganawida, New York

T.J. Phillips (Tom Savage)
  • Joe Wilder: a playwright and novelist in New York City

Tom Philbin
  • Joe Lawless: commander of the Felony Squad, and an ensemble cast at Fort Siberia, the Bronx, the toughest precinct in New York City

Marissa Piesman
  • Nina Fischman: attorney in New York City

Robert L. Pike (Robert L. Fish)
  • Lieutenant Clancy: no nonsense, honest cop in New York City

Jason Pinter
  • Henry Parker: 20-something freshman journalist with the New York Gazette, in New York City

Stefanie Pintoff
  • Simon Ziele: former New York City police detective starting in 1905 Dobson, Westchester County, New York

Julia Pomeroy
  • Abby Silvernale: newly-widowed thirty-year old waitress in upstate Bantam, New York

Zelda Popkin
  • Mary Carner: department store detective, in New York City

Ellery Queen
  • Ellery Queen: author in Manhattan, New York

Patrick Quentin
  • Timothy Trant: Princeton-educated police lieutenant in New York City

Peter Quinn
  • Fintan Dunne: hard-boiled detective in pre-World War II New York City

Bob Randall
  • Non-series set in New York City

Robert J. Randisi
  • Nick Delvecchio: private eye in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dennis McQueen: detective sergeant in New York City
  • Miles Jacoby: boxer turned PI in New York City

Cornelia Read
  • Madeline Dare: former dubutante in 1980s New York and Massachusettss

Robert Reeves
  • Cellini Smith: an accountant for the Mob in New York City, turned honest private investigator in Los Angeles, California

Helen Reilly
  • Christopher McKee, known as the “Scotsman,” a police inspector, later head of Manhattan’s homicide squad, mostly in New York City

Herbert Resnicow
  • Ed and Warren Baer: father and son detective team, in Long Island, New York
  • Marcus Aurelius Burr: sportswriter in New York City
  • Alexander Gold: construction engineer and puzzle maven, in New York City

Shelly Reuben
  • Fritillary “Tilly” Quilter, an arson investigator, and Isaac “Ike” Blessing, a private detective, in New York City

Steven Rigolosi
  • People brought together through want-ads in New York City, in the Tales from the Back Page series

J.D. Robb
  • Eve Dallas: homicide lieutenant in futuristic New York City

Leah Ruth Robinson
  • Dr. Evelyn Sutcliffe: emergency room physician at Manhattan Hospital, in New York City

Al Roker with Dick Lochte
  • Billy Blessing: celebrity chef and restaurateur, and food anchor for morning TV show Wake Up America!, in New York City

A.E. Roman
  • Chico Santana: wisecracking private investigator on the outs with his wife, in the Bronx, New York

Kelley Roos
  • Haila and Jeff Troy: a married detective team, she a former actress, he a photographer, in New York City

M.J. Rose
  • Dr. Morgan Snow: sex therapist in the Butterfield Institute in New York City

Barnaby Ross (Ellery Queen)
  • Drury Lane: a Shakespearian actor retired due to progressive deafness, on the Hudson River, New York

Allyson Roy
  • Dr. Saylor Oz: a sex therapist, and her roommate, Benita Morales, a financial analyst and boxer, in Brooklyn and Manhattan, New York City

S.J. Rozan
  • Lydia Chin: 30-something Chinese American private eye, and Bill Smith, a 40-something Army brat private eye in New York City

Greg Rucka
  • Atticus Kodiak: a bodyguard in New York City

Mark Sadler (Michael Collins)
  • Paul Shaw: private investigator, and partner in Thayer, Shaw, and Delaney, in New York City and Los Angeles, California

Charles Salzberg
  • Henry Swann: private investigator subsisting on skip-tracing in Manhattan, New York City

Lawrence Sanders
  • Timothy Cone: Wall Street financial detective in New York City
  • Edward X. “Iron Balls” Delaney: retired chief of detectives in New York City

Jonathan Santlofer
  • Kate McKinnon: former NYPD cop who traded in her badge for a PhD in art history, in New York City
  • Nate Rodriguez: talented NYPD police sketch artist in New York City

Beth Saulnier
  • Alex Bernier,: Gen-X reporter, in upstate New York

Margaret Scherf
  • Emily and Henry Bryce: interior decorators in Manhattan, New York City
  • Lt. Ryan: cop in New York City

Tom Schreck
  • Duffy Dombrowski: Elvis-loving boxer and social worker, and his basset hound, Al, in a town near New York City

Sandra Scoppettone
  • Lauren Laurano: lesbian private investigator in Manhattan, New York City
  • Faye Quick: a PI in 1943 in New York City

Anne Seale
  • Jo Jacuzzo: a charismatic lesbian in Buffalo, New York

Michael Sears
  • Jason Stafford: former Wall Street trader trying to put his life together after two years in prison, and his young autistic son, in Manhattan, New York

Louise Shaffer
  • Angie DaVito: TV soap opera producer in New York City

Joe Sharkey & Angela Amato
  • Gerry Conte: undercover cop turned defense attorney in New York City

Randall Silvis
  • Edgar Allan Poe: an author in 1800s New York City

Dan Simmons
  • Joe Kurtz: ex-private eye, ex-con in Buffalo, New York

Clea Simon
  • Pru Marlowe: animal psychic returning to her hometown in the Berkshires, New York

Bob Sloan
  • Lenny Bliss: homicide detective in Manhattan, New York City

Brad Smith
  • Virgil Cain: a small-time rancher, and Claire Marchand, a homicide detective, in upstate New York

Evelyn E. Smith
  • Susan Melville: spinster art teacher and painter, who becomes a freelance assassin, in New York City

Martin Cruz Smith
  • Roman Grey: Gypsy art dealer in New York City

Stephen Solomita
  • Stanley Moodrow: cop turned private investigator, in New York City

Troy Soos
  • Rebecca Davies: a child of privilege running a home for desperate women, and Marshall Webb, Rebecca’s beau, a freelance reporter for Harper’s Weekly who secretly pens dime novels

Julia Spencer-Fleming
  • Clare Fergusson: newly-ordained Episcopal priest, and Russ Van Alystyne, Chief of Police, in Millers Kill, New York

Peter Spiegelman
  • John March: black sheep of a staid merchant-banking family, now an ex-deputy sheriff working as a private investigator, in Manhattan, New York

Mickey Spillane
  • Mike Hammer: private eye in New York City

Tony Spinosa (Reed Farrel Coleman)
  • Joe Serpe: disgraced NYPD narcotics detective, now driving a heating oil delivery truck and doing some private investigating with his nemesis Bob Healy, the retired Internal Affairs officer, in New York City

Gretchen Sprague
  • Martha Patterson: pro bono attorney in Brooklyn, New York

Bill Stackhouse
  • Ed McAvoy: police chief in Ulster County, New York

Ann Stamos (Takis & Judy Iakovou)
  • Joseph Hannegan: Superintendent at Ellis Island, and Rachel Bonner, a society lady who has given up her position to help immigrants, in 1901 New York City, in the Ellis Island mysteries

Richard Stark (Donald Westlake)
  • Alan Grofield: actor and part-time bank robber, in New York City
  • Parker: cold-blooded professional thief in New York City

Jason Starr
  • Non-series books set in New York City

Charlie Stella
  • Non-series books centered in New York City

Richard Stevenson
  • Donald Strachey: gay private investigator, and Timothy Calahan, a legislative aide for a New York state senator, in Albany, New York

Hampton Stone (Aaron Mark Stein)
  • Jeremiah X. Gibson: assistant district attorney in New York City

Jonathan Stone
  • Julian Palmer: police lieutenant, and Winston Edwards, a former cop, in Troy, New York

Rex Stout
  • (William) Tecumseh (Sherman) Fox: detective in New York
  • Nero Wolfe: private investigator and gourmet, and his assistant, Archie Goodwin, in New York City

Sebastian Stuart
  • Janet Petrocelli, leaving a Manhattan psychotherapy practice to open a collectibles shop in the Hudson Valley town of Sawyerville, New York, in the Janet’s Planet mysteries

David Stukas
  • Robert Wilsop, a recovered Catholic and copywriter for feminine hygiene products, Michael Stark, the oversexed heir-apparent to a herpes ointment fortune, and Monette O’Reilley, a towering lesbian and star player of the Leaping Lesbians soccer team and graphic artist in New York

Jennifer Sturman
  • Rachel Benjamin: investment banker and amateur sleuth, based in New York City

Robert K. Tanenbaum
  • Roger “Butch” Karp: Criminal Courts Bureau chief and Marlene Ciampi, assistant District Attorney in 1970s New York City

Joseph Teller
  • Harrison J. Walker (Jaywalker), a disgraced criminal defense attorney, in Manhattan, New York City

Victoria Thompson
  • Sarah Brandt: midwife in turn-of-the-20th-century New York City, in the Gaslight Mysteries

Ernest Tidyman
  • John Shaft: tough, black private detective in New York City

Phillip Tomasso
  • Nicholas Tartaglia: private investigator in Spencerport, New York

Tom Topor
  • Kevin Fitzgerald: private investigator in New York City

Kari Lee Townsend
  • Sunny Meadows: fortune teller leaving New York City for rural Divinity, in upstate New York, in the Fortune Teller mysteries

Lawrence Treat
  • Commander Bill Decker, Mitch Taylor, a veteran police officer, and his sidekick Jub Freeman, police detectives in New York City
  • Carl Wayward: professor of psychology, based in New York

Kerry Tucker
  • Libby Kincaid: a magazine photographer in New York City

Dorothy Uhnak
  • Christie Opara: police officer in New York City

Lisa Unger (Lisa Miscione)
  • Ridley Jones: freelance writer in New York City

Daphne Uviller
  • Zephyr Zuckerman: young, hapless sleuth, who also works as the super of her parent’s Greenwich Village building, in New York City

Andrew H. Vachss
  • Burke: outlaw soldier-of-fortune investigator in New York City

S.S. Van Dine
  • Philo Vance: art connoisseur and private investigator in New York City

Michael Venning (Craig Rice)
  • Melville Fairr: lawyer in New York

John Verdon
  • Dave Gurney: recently retired 40-something NYPD homicide detective with a reputation for catching serial killers, in rural upstate New York

Norb Vonnegut
  • Grove O’Rourke: stockbroker at the investment firm of Sachs, Kidder, and Carnegie, in New York City

Noreen Wald
  • Jacqueline “Jake” O’Hara: ghost writer in Manhattan, New York

Persia Walker
  • Lanie Price: former crime reporter, now the society columnist at the Harlem Chronicle, in 1920s Harlem, New York City

Marilyn Wallace
  • The Taconic Hills mysteries, in New York

Thomas Walsh
  • Non-series set in New York City

Clarissa Watson
  • Persis Willum: artist and art gallery assistant, in Long Island, New York, and France

Hillary Waugh
  • Simon Kaye: private investigator in New York City
  • Frank Sessions: homicide detective lieutenant, Manhattan North, in New York City
  • Sheridan Wesley: private investigator in New York City

W.J. Weatherby
  • Non-series set in New York City

Carolyn Wells
  • Alan Ford: connoisseur and gentleman private investigator, in New York City
  • Fleming Stone: bookish private investigator, frequently called in to help the police solve a crime, in New York City
  • Pennington “Penny” Wise: psychic private investigator, and his female sidekick Zizi, in New York City and New England

Donald E. Westlake
  • John Dortmunder: criminal master planner in New York City

Carolyn Wheat
  • Cass Jameson: criminal lawyer in Brooklyn, New York

Anne White
  • Lake George mysteries: in upstate New York

Polly Whitney
  • Mary "Ike" Tygart: television news producer, and Abby Abagnarro, a television news director, in New York City

Lis Wiehl with Pete Nelson
  • Dani Harris: forensic psychiatrist, and Tommy Gunderson, a former football star and aspiring private investigator, in fictional East Salem, New York, in the East Salem series

Collin Wilcox
  • McCloud: a New Mexico marshal in New York City

Kate Wilhelm
  • Charlie Meiklejohn: ex-arson investigator P.I., and Constance Leidl, a psychologist, in New York

Barbara Jaye Wilson
  • Brenda Midnigh: milliner in Greenwich Village, New York

David Wiltse
  • John Becker: FBI agent in New York City

Don Winslow
  • Neal Carey: youthful pickpocket turned private investigator, in New York City

Brian M. Wiprud
  • Garth Carson: taxidermy dealer based in New York City
  • Morty Martinez: “feeler” who empties homes for resale, hoping to find cash left by dead owners who didn't trust banks, in Brooklyn, New York, by Brian M. Wiprud

K.J.A. Wishnia
  • Filomena Buscarsela: NYPD cop from Ecuador, who becomes an apprentice private eye, in New York City

Matt Witten
  • Jacob Burn: at-home Dad and part-time scriptwriter, in Saratoga Springs, New York City

Stuart Woods
  • Stone Barrington: ex-cop attorney in New York City

Richard Wormser
  • Jocelyn “Joe” Dixon: detective sergeant in New York City

Wade Wright
  • Bart Condor: tough private investigator in New York City

Joyce Yarrow
  • Jo Epstein: private investigator and performance poet, based in Brooklyn, New York

Dorian Yeager
  • Victoria Bowering: 6-ft-redhead sometime-actress in New York City

Elizabeth Zelvin
  • Bruce Kohler: recovering alcoholic in Manhattan, New York City

Angela Zeman
  • Mrs. Risk, a “righter-of-wrongs,” has been called a witch in Wyndham-by-the-Sea, New York

Sarah Zettel
  • Charlotte Caine: chef running Nightlife, a restaurant serving the undead in New York City, in the Vampire Chef mysteries

Sharon Zukowski
  • Blaine Stewart: ex-cop turned private investigator in New York City