Wherein I talk a little about what’s up in the P.I. world, for better or worse, and point toward a few recent links I thought may warrant further investigation. Feel free to comment below, or follow me on Twitter. And scroll on down to see what’s new on this site.
- The Best Mysteries of the Year 2021 (Call for Submissions)
The folks at New York’s landmark Mysterious Bookstore are now screening submissions for The Mysterious Bookshop Presents the Best Mysteries of the Year 2021 through the end of the year. It’s the first in what will hopefully be a long running anthology series, and they’re certainly kicking things off with a bang: the guest editor is Lee Child, and the series editor–in case you didn’t see it coming–is Otto Penzler. Maybe you heard of him. For more details…
- The Return of Detective Fork!
He may not have been the most polished piece of cutlery in the drawer, but it’s good to see Silver City’s very own private eye Detective Fork back in action. A regular of our Web Comics section back in the day, I always had a soft spot for this heart-felt spoof by artist/writer Kevin J. Guhl. And now, after a thirteen year absence, the trenchcoat and fedora-wearing eating utensil is currently available on duckwebcomics.com!
- Big Sky P.I.
ABC television has announced the November 17 debut of Big Sky, a promising new P.I. series, featuring a Montana female private eye, Cassie Dewell, and based on a series by C.J. Box. The showrunner is David E. Kelley, who’s given us everything from The Practice and Ally McBeal to last year’s edgy Stephen King adaptation, The Outsider, so it might be worth checking out. Mind you, I had high hopes for last year’s Stumptown as well, and ABC pulled the plug on that one a few months ago.
- Thrilling Detective Mentioned in Ellery Queen!
Hmmm… I’m grateful for the kind recent mention in EQMM’s BLOG BYTES column (I’m grateful for any attention, really). They even go sar far as to mention it’s “a resource-heavy location that provides endless hours of exploration.” Kind words, indeed.
But they failed to mention (or didn’t notice?) that my site’s mostly dedicated to private eyes. I’ve already been told I’m missing Columbo. And Kojak. And James Bond…
- The Modern Detective: Inside The Secret World Of Private Investigators
Real-life private eye Tyler Maroney, author of the terrific new The Modern Detective, on how corporate intelligence is reshaping the world, for better or worse. (September 2020, CrimeReads)
- An Equalizer Reboot?
With the foul taste of Spenser Confidential and HBO’s Perry Mason still lingering in our mouths like unwelcome guests, CBS has just announced that they’ve given a pilot green light to a re-imagining of the classic TV series, The Equalizer, with Queen Latifah stepping in as vigilante-for-hire Robert McCall. Will she be Roberta McCall? Hard to say–details are scant at this point, although those taking offense at this latest reboot should consider this: after already cannibalizing the original for Denzel, what’s left to save, anyway? Still, I really wish the film and television industries had more writers and producers who could actually imagine, not just re-imagine.
- Got Pulp?
There’s some big news for pulp fans from Steeger Books–they’re about to release the first six volumes in their much awaited Black Mask Library, featuring series characters, short stories and stand-alone novels, showcasing some of the best of Black Mask from the thirties and forties, including collections featuring Robert Reeves’ Cellini Smith, D.L. Champion’s Rex Sackler, Merle Constiner’s Luther McGavock, Ed Lybeck’s Harrigan of The New York Leader, and Stewart Sterling’s undercover cop Johnny Hi Gear. Also available is the first reprint ever of legendary editor Joseph T. Shaw‘s hard-boiled crime novel, Blood on the Curb, originally published in 1936. Additional installments, we’re told, should be released in the near future. Sure.
- Netflix is Thinking of a Chinatown “Prequel”
And they’ve already recruited Robert Towne (the original writer of both Chinatown and its sequel, The Two Jakes) and David Fincher to write a pilot. What do I think of this? As little as possible.
NEW ON THE SITE
By no means comprehensive, but the following are some of the new or recently updated entries and features on the site, as well as a few that just tickled my fancy. Hopefully, they’ll tickle yours, too.
- Ken Franklin Our old pal Jim Doherty returns, and gives us an entry on an obscure British P.I. show from the fifties, starring Art “Jeopardy” Fleming!
- New to the Authors & Creators Page Two fifties wordslingers, William Ard and Frank Kane.
- Robert Leslie Bellem Finally wrapped up an extensive update of Bellem’s Dan Turner stories.
- South of Sunset Glenn Frey of The Eagles starred as a P.I. But it wasn’t a long run.
- Tom Alder, a private eye from Frank Gruber, who appears in just one novel, although it was also a film with a screenplay by Gruber, starring David Jannsen.
- Frank Gruber’s“Fool-proof” 11 Point Formula for Mystery Short Stories Please–use it for good, not evil.
- Carney Wilde One of my favourite eyes from the fifties, and one who truly deserves to be revived.
- “The Phantom of the Follies” A new short story–in comic form–by our old pla Ron Miller,featuring stripper turned detective Velda Bellinghausen.
- “The Curse of Mwabwebe-Tutu” by Ron Miller. What could be better than a new Velda story? Two new Velda stories.
- The Big Man’s Daughter Gord McAlinie’s latest shape-shifting novel plays fast and loose with Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon. Fasten your seat belt.
- The Best Anthologies of Original P.I. Stories Another entry in our Murder in the Library section.
- Steve Bentley You ask me, there just aren’t enough hard-boiled chartered accountants.
AND DON’T FORGET
- Word on the Street A listing of new Hardcovers, Paperbacks, Audio, eBooks, Collections & Anthologies, Non-fiction, Reference & True Crime, Comics & Graphic Novels, DVDs & Blu-Rays and our latest, On Deck, wherein I list a handful of upcoming releases in the next few months that I’m personally looking forward to. Your mileage may vary…
- The P.I. Calendar The latest P.I. hapenings around the world… and maybe your hometown.