My Bookshelf: The Pulp Jungle by Frank Gruber

My Bookshelf The Pulp Jungle, by Frank Gruber A fascinating collection of colourful  reminisces of the Frank Gruber's years as a writer, covering his years in New York from 1934 to 1943, as he struggled to--and eventually succeeded--in establishing himself in the highly competitive world of the pulps. Regrets? Gruber had a few,  but when … Continue reading My Bookshelf: The Pulp Jungle by Frank Gruber

Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski (The Big Lebowski)

Created by Joel and Ethan Coen The 1998 Coen Brothers film, The Big Lebowski, is one of the funniest and most outlandish parodies of the private eye film sub-genre, but is also, in a bizarre way, as much an affectionate tribute to and continuation of the tradition. Its main character, JEFF "THE DUDE" LEBOWSKI, is … Continue reading Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski (The Big Lebowski)

My Scrapbook: Chinatown from Movies R Fun

My Scrapbook Chinatown from Movies R Fun Illustration by Josh Cooley Josh Cooley is an American animator, screenwriter, director, voice actor and storyboard artist, best known (so far) for for his work for Disney's Pixar studios. He's credited with designing the look of such films as The Incredibles (2004), Ratatouille (2007), and Up (2009), co-writing the script for … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Chinatown from Movies R Fun

Joe Kurtz

Created by Dan Simmons "On the day he was shot in the head, things were going strangely well for Joe Kurtz." -- Hard as Nails  Got hard? Buffalo, New York ex-con private eye JOE KURTZ is the protagonist of a trilogy of acid-etched noirish thrillers by writer Dan Simmons that, despite their bleak worldview, never … Continue reading Joe Kurtz

True Detectives

Famous--or Infamous--Real-Life Eyes   Strange but true! The private eye existed in fiction before he (or she) ever existed in real life! Still, these are a few of the real-life eyes you may have heard of. They weren't all saints, mind you, and more than a few of them may have padded their CVs... François … Continue reading True Detectives

Carl Hiaasen

"If you were pursuing your cousin's kidnapper across Florida, you would want a man like Skink at your side. Maybe." -- Kirkus Reviews on Skink--No Surrender Okay, let's admit it. Florida has problems. Fortunately, journalist, muckraker and novelist CARL HIAASEN has it covered, in one of the most-entertaining string of comic novels the genre has seen … Continue reading Carl Hiaasen

Brilliant But Cancelled

14 Private Eye Shows That Coulda Been Contenders I don't know how many of you remember the Trio Network on American television sometime around 2005 or so. It was this culty, pop-culturey grab bag of arty-farty pretensions and good ol' TV; a kinda of very hip, occasionally snarky PBS. But anyway, they ran this show … Continue reading Brilliant But Cancelled

Oh, The Games People Played Then

Some Classic Private Eye & Detective Board Games Every night and everyday, now... Of course, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, so here's a short list of diversions from the past (and present) for those of you who like to play. A roll of the dice, a spin of the spinner, … Continue reading Oh, The Games People Played Then

Johnny Dekker

Created by Johnny Dekker Pseudonym of Maurice Anglowitz Other pseudonyms include Mick Anglo (1916-2011)   Another denizen of the Mushroom Jungle, private eye JOHNNY DEKKER appeared in perhaps as many as twenty or so pulp paperbacks in the late 40s.  Though the paperbacks were published in Britain, they were written very much in the “American … Continue reading Johnny Dekker

Jack Shannon (Shannon’s Deal)

Created by John Sayles Dear Sir, Just a thought, but if Perry Mason makes your list of detectives shouldn't Jack Shannon of the show Shannon's Deal be there as well? Certainly less well-known but his show had a definite hard-boiled feel to it. Right down to the small office with the loyal secretary. Most of … Continue reading Jack Shannon (Shannon’s Deal)