P.G. Wodehouse: P.I. Writer

By Rudyard Kennedy "Consider the case of Henry Pifield Rice... I must explain Henry early, to avoid disappointment. If I simply said he was a detective, and let it go at that, I should be obtaining the reader's interest under false pretences. He was really only a sort of detective, a species of sleuth. At Stafford's … Continue reading P.G. Wodehouse: P.I. Writer

Talkin’ ’bout Ernest Tidyman– Can You Dig It?

A Son Remembers I can say with some assurance that my father (Ernest Tidyman) had no exploitative intent. He wanted his writing to be successful, sure, but he never intended to cash in on "black," per se. He just thought that it was time for a black hero, and he knew he could create a … Continue reading Talkin’ ’bout Ernest Tidyman– Can You Dig It?

The Literary Life of Ralph Dennis

By Richard A. Moore RALPH DENNIS (1932-1988) was born in South Carolina and had a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina, where he also taught. For mystery fans, Dennis will always be associated with the City of Atlanta, the locale for the twelve novel series about Jim Hardman, former cop and unofficial private … Continue reading The Literary Life of Ralph Dennis

Down Those Mean Skies…

The Case of the Private Detective in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Related Genres "I've seen the future, brother/It is murder." -- Leonard Cohen, "The Future" I checked out with K19 on Aldabaran III, and stepped out through the crummalite hatch on my 22 Model Sirus Hardtop. I cocked the timejector in secondary and waded through … Continue reading Down Those Mean Skies…

Props & Peeves II

More Private Eye Stories from A Real-Life P.I. By Colleen Collins I’m a real-life P.I. who loves reading stories featuring my fictional counterparts. Seven years ago, I wrote the article “Props & Peeves! Private Eye Stories from a Real-Life P.I.” for the Thrilling Detective. At the time, I’d twice been a judge for the Private … Continue reading Props & Peeves II

Props & Peeves

Private Eye Stories from A Real-Life P.I. By Colleen Collins Okay, true confession time here. Yes, I'm a working professional private investigator , but the truth is... I love reading about fictional private eyes' searches for hidden truths down a wide variety of mean streets. I just love the stuff, and I'm honoured to have … Continue reading Props & Peeves

Raymond Chandler Was an Asshole

By Stephen Blackmoore JULY 23, 2011 Today is Raymond Chandler's 123rd birthday. Last week a friend of mine said, "You're pretty hard on L.A." "What do you mean? I love this town. It's so fucked up." "That," he said. "That's what I'm talking about." I look at Chandler the same way. And so I can … Continue reading Raymond Chandler Was an Asshole

Raymond Chandler and the Case of the Lost Libretto

Or: Pour O Pour The Goblin Wine "She was the beat of my heart for thirty years. She was the music heard faintly around the edge of the sound. It was my great and now useless regret that I never wrote anything really worth her attention, no book I could dedicate to her." -- Raymond Chandler, … Continue reading Raymond Chandler and the Case of the Lost Libretto

It Wasn’t Easy

Mike Hammer Comes to Television By Kevin Burton Smith "I said, 'This is ridiculous! I mean, you can't take this shit seriously.'" -- Darren McGavin How do you turn the darkly violent, psychologically bruising revenge fantasies of Mickey Spillane's bestselling Mike Hammer novels into a weekly television show, in the squeaky clean surface puritanism of … Continue reading It Wasn’t Easy