Created by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips No, the long-running, Eisner-winning CRIMINAL comic book series, written by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, isn't a P.I. comic. Not really. But with stuff this good, who cares? Criminal began in October 2006, initially published by Marvel's Icon imprint, and followed the crimes (successful and otherwise) and misadventures of … Continue reading Criminal

My Scrapbook: Chandler Gets Busted!

My Scrapbook Raymond Chandler Bust by Bryan Moore The Raymond Chandler Bronze Bust Project   Pipe-sucking artist, raconteur, sartorial gentleman about town and all-round stand-up guy Bryan Moore has sculpted everything from life-sized bronze busts of Edgar Allan Poe and props for the TV show Tales from the Darkside to collectible statuettes of sports figures for Upper … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Chandler Gets Busted!

Aristotle “Soc” Socarides

Created by Paul Kemprecos Maybe it was due to my childhood obsession for Sea Hunt, but I loved Paul Kemprecos' books about ARISTOTLE "SOC" SOCARIDES, a part-time Cape Cod fisherman and deep sea diver who moonlights as a private eye -- or is it the other way around? Anyway, somehow his adventures seem to always revolve around the … Continue reading Aristotle “Soc” Socarides

The 2019 Shamus Awards

From the Private Eye Writers of America The finalists for the 2019 Shamus Awards, for works published in 2018, will be announced at the PWA Banquet at Bouchercon, being held in Dallas this year. BEST PI HARDCOVER Wrong Light by Matt Coyle (Rick Cahill) What You Want to See by Kristen Lepionka (Roxane Weary) The Widows … Continue reading The 2019 Shamus Awards

Frank and Joe Hardy (The Hardy Boys)

Created by Franklin W. Dixon House pseudonym of Stratemeyer Syndicate(1862-1930)   World-renowned private detective, and former ace NYPD sleuth FENTON HARDY seemed to always be off somewhere working on some important case, so that left his two teenage sons, FRANK and JOE HARDY, to watch over things in Bayport, a thriving town on the north-eastern … Continue reading Frank and Joe Hardy (The Hardy Boys)

How Does It Feel?

Bob Dylan and Crime Fiction Bob Dylan and his music have always had ties to crime and detective fiction. On his first album, Bob Dylan (1962), he mostly covered traditional folk songs, including "The House of the Rising Sun," which deals with prostitution. But he was soon writing his own songs, and particularly during his early years, … Continue reading How Does It Feel?

My Scrapbook: Bob Dylan, Private Eye

My Scrapbook Bob Dylan, Private Eye Back in September 2018, Ayun Halliday (no relation to Brett) and Todd Alcott of Open Culture (the self-proclaimed "best free cultural and educational media on the web") had a little fun at Bob Dylan's expense, presenting "Classic Songs by Bob Dylan Re-Imagined as Pulp Fiction Book Covers," featuring text by Halliday and a … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Bob Dylan, Private Eye

My Scrapbook: Darwyn Cooke’s Color Model Sheet for Slam Bradley

My Scrapbook Darwyn Cooke's Color Model Sheet for Slam Bradley (March 2001) Say what you will about Slam Bradley, arguably DC Comics' longest running detective character (first appearance: Detective Comics #1), but his revival in 2001 in a four-part backup that ran in issues #759-762 of that magazine may be the greatest and most sincere … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Darwyn Cooke’s Color Model Sheet for Slam Bradley


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

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