Dedicated to the One I Love…

And Some of My Other Favourite Book Dedications Crime on My Hands (1944) by George Sanders "To Craig Rice, without whom this book would not be possible.  G. S.” This tongue-in-cheek novel posits the actor Sanders as an amateur sleuth, trying to solve a murder of a movie set. It was Craig Rice who actually wrote … Continue reading Dedicated to the One I Love…

The 2020 Shamus Awards

From the Private Eye Writers of America The finalists for the 2020 Shamus Awards, for works published in 2019, have just been announced. And sadly, there are no finalists in the Best First P.I. Novel this year, due to a lack of eligible contestants, according to PWA Awards Chairperson Gay Kinman. BEST PI HARDCOVER The … Continue reading The 2020 Shamus Awards

Dad P.I.s & Other Family Values

Gumshoes With Children (Paternal Division) In a genre where so many protagonists are apparently incapable of reproduction, despite active (or even hyper-active) sex lives, it's kinda refreshing to see provate eyes who are not only capable of reproduction, but also of parenting. Granted, I can't imagine Marlowe pushing a pram, or Warshawski running out to Rite-Aid … Continue reading Dad P.I.s & Other Family Values

Mom P.I.s & Other Family Values

Gumshoes With Children (Maternal Division) In a genre where so many protagonists are apparently incapable of reproduction, despite active (or even hyper-active) sex lives, it's kinda refreshing to see provate eyes who are not only capable of reproduction, but also of parenting. Granted, I can't imagine Marlowe pushing a pram, or Warshawski running out to Rite-Aid … Continue reading Mom P.I.s & Other Family Values

“Horns”

By Mark Troy Featuring Val Lyon January 2009 Doyle Gillespie bellowed in a voice as loud as his shirt, a yellow and red hangover of martini glasses and hula girls. "Sperm-jacking," he said. "Somebody's getting to my bulls. Taking the goblins right outta the pipe, you might say." Gillespie smiled at his own wit. I took … Continue reading “Horns”

The Three Barney Glines of William Ard

Created by William Ard Pseudonyms include Jonas Ward, Ben Kerr, Thomas Wills and Mike Moran (1922-1960)    I really like the private eye novels of William Ard, one of the most successful (but now, criminally forgotten) hard-boiled writers of the fifties, particularly those featuring Big Apple eye Timothy Dane. But he created a whole slew of … Continue reading The Three Barney Glines of William Ard

Frank Kane

Pseudonyms include Frank Boyd (1912-68)   An appreciation and biography by Maura Fox Author FRANK KANE originally created Big Apple private eye Johnny Liddell in 1944 for a pulp story, and went on to write over thirty books and countless short stories about him. He was a prolific writer, with a sensational wit and sense of … Continue reading Frank Kane

“The Safest Place on Earth”

By Mark Best Featuring Dan Brogan Spring 2005 Chastity Reiling's picture stared down at me as I sat on the sofa. She looked to be about ten in the picture, four years younger than she was now. I had seen more recent pictures of her, and she was fast becoming a beautiful young woman. But … Continue reading “The Safest Place on Earth”