Gil Yates

Created by Alistair Boyle

GIL YATES is a real rare find--a private investigator from--get this!--California! What're the odds?

But actually, Gil does carve a bit of a niche for himself, as a sort of high-tech, big business, high-priced, contingency P.I. He's quite an interesting character. Gil's not his real name, and he isn't even a licensed detective--he claims his real line is "Property Management", whatever that is, and the blurbs refer to him as an "amateur P.I."

But since his clients lean towards con artists and worse, it doesn't really matter. The truth is, he became a detective on a whim. He's a certifiable wimp (he's probably the only eye I've ever read that Stephanie Plum could take in a fight) and admits it frequently. He's married to a glassblowing, self-centered woman named Dorcas. It's small wonder he became a detective to live out his fantasies, à la Walter Mitty. Middle-aged, in poor shape, bookish with almost no backbone, he still manages to display a lot of tenacity to complete his cases, often barely surviving.

He also has a quirk of mangling phrases like "This does not cut the ketchup" or "I am not a happy campsite", and more. Quite a good series. After reading books about physically formidable characters like Spenser and Milan Jacovich, Gil was a refreshing change of pace.



  • Allen A. Knoll, Publishers
    The web site for this small press offers the latest news on the Gil Yates series, and also offers excerpts, a mystery newsletter, and buying information. They also offer info on the Bomber Hanson series by David Champion.

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