Private Eyes and Their
Ever since Holmes picked up that violin, creators
have attempted to saddle their detectives with hobbies, in an
attempt to humanize them. Here are a few of the more famous pastimes
attributed to various eyes:
- Philip Marlowe by Raymond
Works on chess problems.
- Moses Wine by Roger L.
Plays Clue by himself.
- Nameless by Bill Ponzini
Nameless collects scrime and detective pulp magazines, as does
- Nero Wolfe by Rex Stout
Besides eating, Wolfe enjoys raising orchids.
- Mitch Roberts by Gaylord
Besides chess, Mitch's other obsession is baseball. He lives
right across the street from the local field in Wichita, and
he enjoys nothing more than a good doubleheader on a warm summer's
- Shell Scott by Richard
Collects tropical fish.
- Mitch Tobin by
Tucker Coe (Donald Westlake)
Mitch relaxes by building a brick wall in his basement.
- Spenser by Robert B.
Besides being wonderful, Spenser does some wood-carving, or at
least, he used to.
- Captain Duncan Maclain
by Baynard Kendricks
Duncan enjoys doing jigsaw puzzles by touch. He's blind, you
- Tom Corbie by Philip
A bibliophile,Tom has been known to take on some rather suspicious
clients, just so he can afford to buy a rare book, such as a
very rare edition of Henry Miller's Tropic of Capricorn,
illustrated by Grandma Moses.
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