“Velda’s First Case”

By Ron Miller Featuring Velda Bellinghausen Summer 2002 It all began (I know, I know, but there's really no other way to start this), with a visit from Maxim Slotsky, of all people. I hadn't seen him in two or three months, since I left Slotsky's Follies. Not that I didn't like the Follies, which I didn't, … Continue reading “Velda’s First Case”

Murder in the Library: The Best Anthologies of Hard-Boiled, Noir & Pulp Reprints

Until the eighties, I don't think anyone had ever thought of doing a collection of original private eye stories. Oh, there'd certainly been some amazing volumes of reprinted tales, full of hard-boiled cops and cabbies and reporters and other dicks and janes who made trouble their business. It took Robert Randisi and the crew at … Continue reading Murder in the Library: The Best Anthologies of Hard-Boiled, Noir & Pulp Reprints

Murder in the Library: Other Mystery Anthologies Worth Hunting For

Worthwhile collections of original and reprinted stories that don't necessarily feature private eyes exclusively Until the eighties, I don't think anyone had ever thought of doing a collection of just private eye stories.  But that doesn't mean there weren't plenty of great private eye short stories, novellas, novelettes and the like, both classic reprints and edgy … Continue reading Murder in the Library: Other Mystery Anthologies Worth Hunting For

Frank Gruber’s “Fool-proof” 11 Point Formula for Mystery Short Stories

By Frank Gruber In 1966, prolific pulpster Frank Gruber published Brass Knuckles, a collection of short stories featuring Oliver Quade, the "Human Encyclopedia." It was Gruber's only collection of his work to be published during his lifetime, and it's got to have one of the most gawd-awful covers I've ever seen on the cover of … Continue reading Frank Gruber’s “Fool-proof” 11 Point Formula for Mystery Short Stories

“Hank Janson Blues” by Anne Shelton

1953, Words and Music by Peter Cornish and George Korel As recorded by as recorded by Anne Shelton & Hank Janson With Johnny Franz (piano) & Wally Stott and his Orchestra The Hank Janson books, about a hard-boiled Chicago newspaperman (and later, a hard-boiled private eye) were so popular in the U.K. in the 1940's … Continue reading “Hank Janson Blues” by Anne Shelton

Native American Eyes & Faithful Indian Companions

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly   Sheesh. The crude, racial stereotyping of the past is bad enough, but how far have we really come? Now, besides the good old-fashioned racism that somehow refuses to die, we have the good-intentioned but often inverted racism of adding of a dollop of native blood to a … Continue reading Native American Eyes & Faithful Indian Companions

“The Dover Affair”

A short story by Dave Zeltserman From the Files of Johnny Lane Fall 2002 It was eight thirty in the morning. I still had a half hour before my meeting with Tom Morton, so I gave Eddie Braggs a call. Eddie's my editor at the Denver Examiner. He didn't seem his usual self, though. He acted … Continue reading “The Dover Affair”

Gone Too Soon

They Coulda Been Contenders The hard-boiled highway's jammed with broken heroes who never got a chance. Here are three of the forgotten who could have been contenders... Robert Reeves (1912-45) Creator of private eye Cellini Smith and hard-boiled trucker and "highway detective" Bookie Barnes, this young New Yorker showed promise as a pulp writer, with … Continue reading Gone Too Soon

Stop the Presses!

Newsroom Eyes "You dig me up a good yarn, brother, and I'll kiss you." -- Garry Dean, hard-boiled newshawk, chats up a source in Call the Lady Indiscreet (1946) "Newspaper reporters are like dicks. Private dicks. Yeah, I know everyone loves the private investigator. But I look at it this way: A newspaperman is a P.I. … Continue reading Stop the Presses!

The Lonely Shroud (1964)

An excerpt from the 1964 novel by Scott Mitchell Featuring Brock Devlin     You grow older, quieter, and there are obligations. Kay has just finished her second novel. She never talks of marriage. After all, what's in marriage with me for a girl like her? I know just one trade, and it would be no … Continue reading The Lonely Shroud (1964)