A radio drama series that operates as a more modern take on the 40s/50s PrivateDetective, first created in 1976 by Jim French and primarily aired in Seattle.
The series features the eponymous Harry Nile (played by Phil Harper and Larry Albert), a former internal affairs police officer turned private investigator who operates in Los Angeles and, later, Seattle, in a time frame that goes from shortly after WWII to the 1950s. While beginning the show with a partner, he's since gone solo--that is, alongside his loyal and strong-willed secretary, Murphy (played by Pat French). He frequently finds himself in debt--though his gambling days are behind him, he doesn't attract much work and his good-natured heart often leaves him doing jobs for free or on pocket change.
Each episode is about 20 minutes long, with breaks for radio advertisements. Despite a twelve year hiatus from 1978 to 1990, new episodes were being made as of 2010. In 1996 the series was syndicated nationally, and has since become international. In addition, a select number of episodes over the course of the show's run have been made into cassette tapes and CD sets, which can be obtained on the [[http://jimfrenchproductions.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1&zenid=26e9f27f0520cac1cf480a2a48392901 Jim French Productions website]].
!!This series features examples of:
* DeadpanSnarker: Harry gets into this on occasion, most notably when dealing with rude clients or uncooperative police officers.
* DetectivePatsy: On occasion, as Harry doesn't outwardly appear that competent. In "This Corpus Ain't Habeas Anymore", a sorority girl hires Harry to find out [[spoiler: why a schoolmate that she threatened's body is in her trunk. Turns out she thought that she'd killed her, stuffed her in the trunk, then hired Harry to try and establish a cover story for herself.]]
* HardBoiledDetective: Harry is a deliberate aversion of this. Despite living a life that would make such a man bitterly cynical (sees corruption and incompetence in the police force, a dead wife, terrible gambling debts and being targeted by the mob on a few occasions), he remains a steadfast champion of justice, rarely uses force to get his way, and genuinely cares about many of his clients.
* ImpliedDeathThreat: In the first episode, where Harry was told by a mob boss to whom he was up to his eyeballs in debt to go kill a man on the West coast. An associate he sent over to make sure Harry did it tells him, "I'm your doctor. I'm telling you to go west for your health."
* InspectorLestrade: There are several policemen Harry occasionally works with that qualify, such as Lou Butterfield who in one episode arrested him for a crime that Harry himself reported without even bothering to check [[spoiler: if the victim was dead.]]
* KnightInSourArmor: Harry, on occasion. He's seen too much corruption and organized crime not to get a bit world weary. But he still believes in doing the right thing and protecting the innocent.
* PerfectPoison: One episode has a pretty amusing aversion--once the culprit [[spoiler:poisons Harry Nile with rat poison]], he comments that he's feeling funny and [[spoiler:sighs, while talking to the culprit, as he points out they've just poisoned him. Then he goes to get his stomach pumped.]]
* PluckyOfficeGirl: Murphy.
* PoliceAreUseless: Varies--sometimes Harry has to investigate because the police are corrupt, sometimes it's because they won't listen to reason, sometimes there isn't enough evidence to get the police involved, and sometimes they're perfectly reasonable and good at their jobs but really dislike having a private eye poking his nose in criminal investigations.
* PrivateDetective: Harry is this, having quit from the Chicago police force after discovering corruption in one of the precincts.
* PrivateEyeMonologue: Harry frequently narrates his cases, though as a pointedly non-cliched version of a private eye his are a little bit brighter than is typical for this trope.
* SassySecretary: Murphy.
* ShedTheFamilyName: A variant--Harry changed his name from Niletti to Nile so that it would be harder to associate him with his family once he got on the police force, to avoid mob retaliation directed at them.
* SickbedSlaying: In ''The Judge From Whiskey Dick'' [[spoiler: Harry is almost killed with a shotgun blast]], and then when he's in the hospital the murderer slips in and tries to overdose him on horse tranquilizers.
* TheGamblingAddict: Harry, in his backstory--after losing his wife and leaving the police force he started gambling to try and ease the pain. This leads to him being TrappedByGamblingDebts.
* TrappedByGamblingDebts: In the first episode, Harry owes a gambling debt to a mob boss and is sent to kill a guy to pay it back.