Sunset

A Son Says Goodbye... W. Glenn Duncan (1940-2019) Sunset. A secluded location on the shores of Lake Texoma, Texas. The sun wavered on the horizon across the water. Hung there like it knew its job was to finish setting, but it wanted to give our motley group just a little more light, more warmth, more … Continue reading Sunset

Murder in the Library: The Crime Mags

Non-Fiction in a Periodical Vein Yeah, it's obvious that not all these print magazines are exclusively non-fiction. Most of them have, will or are willing to include the occasional bit of fiction alongside the usual non-fiction news, views, reviews and interviews, so there's bound to be some cross-over with the magazines listed on Murder in … Continue reading Murder in the Library: The Crime Mags

Simon Templar (aka “The Saint”)

Created by Lesley Charteris Pseudonym of Leslie Charles Bowyer-Yin (1907-1993) "Pardon me. In the excitement of the moment, and all that sort of thing, I forgot to introduce myself. I'm afraid I've had you at a disadvantage. My name is Templar--Simon Templar," he caught the flash of stark hypnotic fear that blanched the big man's … Continue reading Simon Templar (aka “The Saint”)

Johnny Amsterdam

Created by Michael Lawrence Pseudonym of Lawrence Lariar (1908-81) "Call Me Amsterdam... In fact, call me anything just so you call me for fun and games." -- Johnny Amsterdam, the "fun" private eye The cover blurb of the 1960 PBO I Like It Cool describes JOHNNY AMSTERDAM as the "eye with a beard (who) squares off … Continue reading Johnny Amsterdam

Fred J. Dodge

(1854-1938) Born in Butte County in California in 1854, FRED J. DODGE grew up in Sacramento, and became a detective for Wells Fargo, working for them for over fifty years, much of it undercover, in California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma. There's no doubt Dodge got around. While working in Tombstone, Arizona in 1879, … Continue reading Fred J. Dodge

Holly Gibney

Created by Stephen King When Stephen King finally delivered on his promise to one day write a hard-boiled detective novel, he pretty much blew everyone away with the Edgar-winning  Mr. Mercedes (2014), which played it almost straight, and introducing retired Ohio cop Bill Hodges. When we first meet him in Mr. Mercedes (2014), he's bored and miserable. … Continue reading Holly Gibney

Old Red & Big Red Amlingmeyer

Created by Steve Hockensmith “So how is it,” I hear you ask, “that a couple no-account saddle bums like you and your brother came to be so fired-up excited about detectifying like a proper English gentleman detective?” To which I say, “Who’s a no-account saddle bum?” -- Otto puts a little spit in the pan. … Continue reading Old Red & Big Red Amlingmeyer

Sid Ames & Johnny Knight

Created by H.W. Roden (1895-1963)     SID AMES is a rye-swilling New York City gumshoe with a distaste for the cops and a rather unusual occasional sidekick, public relations consultant JOHNNY KNIGHT, who "knows all the angles and rarely misses a trick." Johnny might have served as the brains of the bunch -- if … Continue reading Sid Ames & Johnny Knight

On the Trail of Drexel Drake’s Falcon

An On-Going Investigation by Frank Derato I have always enjoyed the Falcon films with Tom Conway and the other night, while watching one I noticed that Michael Arlen is credited with having created the character. A little googling revealed that Arlen supposedly created the character in "Gay Falcon," a 1940 short story. But what about … Continue reading On the Trail of Drexel Drake’s Falcon

The Falcon (aka Michael Waring, Gay Stanhope Falcon, Gay Stanhope Lawrence, Tom Lawrence)

Created by Drexel Drake Pseudonym of Charles H. Huff (1887-1959) Or possibly: Michael Arlen Pseudonym of Dikran Kouyoumdjian (1895-1956)  THE FALCON was the nom de guerre of a true man of mystery. He was either MICHAEL WINGATE, a shadowy figure who took on the underworld with the aid of his friend Sarge, avoiding the police … Continue reading The Falcon (aka Michael Waring, Gay Stanhope Falcon, Gay Stanhope Lawrence, Tom Lawrence)