Frank Hathaway & Lu Shakespeare (Shakespeare & Hathatway)

Created by Paul Matthew Thompson & Jude Tindall In the cuter-than-thou sweepstakes, the easy-going 2018 BBC comedy/drama Shakespeare and Hathaway: Private Investigators is surely a contender. It's not enough that former Detective Inspector turned private eye FRANK HATHAWAY shares the family name of the Bard's wife and works in Stratford-upon-Avon. That alone would race at … Continue reading Frank Hathaway & Lu Shakespeare (Shakespeare & Hathatway)

Nat Lawson

Created by John McFetridge Oh, John, you're such a tease... If there's one thing that gets my shamus senses tingling, it's a Montreal private eye. And Toronto author (and Montreal ex-pat) McFetridge delivers just enough with the short story "Barbotte" to get me all hot and bothered. It's 1946, and NAT LAWSON is just back … Continue reading Nat Lawson

The Return of the P.I. Poll

Including The 2019 Cheap Thrill Awards Well, it's back. I used to do something called the CHEAP THRILL AWARDS every year on this site, and now that I'm well on my way to completing the long-promised move of the THRILLING DETECTIVE WEB SITE, I figured it's about time to bring back the Thrillies. This will … Continue reading The Return of the P.I. Poll

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Christmas Eyes on Old Time Radio Almost as ubitquious as private eyes on old time radio was the ubitquious and seemingly obligatory very special "Christmas" episodes, usually (but not always) a toned down, more family-friendly episode than the usual fare, that usually ended with an upbeat message, very earnest seasonal salutations to listeners and maybe, … Continue reading Do You Hear What I Hear?

Deck the Mean Streets with Boughs of Holly

Christmas Eyes "Christmas was coming... Brenda Lee had been rockin' round the Chritmas tree so long store cashiers were on suicide watch." -- opening to Midnight Lullaby by James D.F. Hannah "Ah, sweet Christmas!" -- Luke Cage    SHORT STORIES "A Hard-Boiled Christmas" by Stephen Reid (December 23, 1989, The Globe and Mail) A feel-good … Continue reading Deck the Mean Streets with Boughs of Holly

The Crime & Detective Pulps

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? This list, mostly pinched from William F. Nolan's excellent The Black Mask Boys (1985), is almost certainly incomplete. Everyone knows the big names Black Mask, Dime Detective and Detective Fiction Weekly , but most of the pulps came and went with dizzying speed, switching titles and publishers and formats with gay abandon. … Continue reading The Crime & Detective Pulps

Jacob Asch

Created by Arthur Lyons (1946-2008)  JACOB ASCH was a glib, cynical, half-Jewish reporter for the L.A. Chronicle until he got sent to jail for refusing to reveal a source. He did six months on a contempt of court beef, and when he was sprung, the glamour of journalism, for some reason, had lost its appeal … Continue reading Jacob Asch

Harry Stoner

Created by Jonathan Valin In his mid-forties, too educted for his own good and no stranger to brooding and self-doubt, Cincinnati's HARRY STONER is a more intense, more muscular, bigger-shouldered version of Ross Macdonald's Lew Archer, rougher around the edges, more prone to violence. And he's very much a product of his times -- the … Continue reading Harry Stoner

They Also Served: Joseph “Cap” Shaw

EDITOR OF BLACK MASK "We wrote better for him than we could have written for anybody else." -- Raymond Chandler, in a letter Not the first, and arguably not the most influential (any George W. Sutton, Jr. fans out there?), but certainly the most celebrated, JOSEPH T. "CAP" SHAW (1874 – 19520) as the editor of the legendary Black … Continue reading They Also Served: Joseph “Cap” Shaw

Eddy Deco

Created by Gahan Wilson (1930-2019) "It's a little joke of mine to call the place where I have my office the Rundown Building, but that's not to say it didn't have sreams once; you can easily tell it did from the winged stone lady on its front." Playboy cartoonist Gahan Wilson's Eddy Deco's Last Caper (1987) … Continue reading Eddy Deco