Some Things About Howard Browne

Pseudonyms include John Evans, Alexander Blade, William Brengle, Lawrence Chandler, Ivar Jorgensen, Alexander Blade, Jack Lait, Lee Mortimer, John Pollard, Mickey Spillane and Lee Francis (1907-1999)  One possible reason HOWARD BROWNE is given such short shrift these days is that he was just too darn good at too many things at once. Some remember him as a … Continue reading Some Things About Howard Browne

No Good from a Corpse

An excerpt from the 1944 novel by Leight Brackett Featuring Ed Clive September 1999 EDITOR'S NOTE: In September 1999, we were really pleased to present this excerpt from Leigh Brackett's classic 1944 novel, featuring private eye Ed Clive, which was republished that year by Dennis McMillan. The bullet hit the rotten step and kept going. The gun … Continue reading No Good from a Corpse

Leigh Brackett

(1915-1978) "Hawks liked my dialogue and called my agent.  He was somewhat shaken when he discovered that it was Miss and not Mister Brackett, but he rallied bravely and signed me on anyway..." -- Leigh Brackett "In walked a rather attractive girl who looked like she had just come in from a tennis match.  She … Continue reading Leigh Brackett

Steve Hastings (Mystery in Mexico)

Created by Muriel Roy Bolton STEVE HASTINGS (William Lundigan) is a Los Angeles insurance dick, dispatched by his boss to look for a stolen necklace- and a missing colleague who may have double-crossed the company--in the Robert Wise-directed Mystery in Mexico (1948, RKO). Steve's pursuit leads him to the man's sister Victoria (Jacqueline White), whom … Continue reading Steve Hastings (Mystery in Mexico)

Johnny Staccato (Staccato)

Created by Dick Berg "A smooth man on the ivories, hot on the trigger and cool in a jam -- he's the toughest private eye to hit America in a decade." -- from the paperback blurb JOHNNY STACCATO (played by John Cassavetes) was a pianist who sometimes played at Waldo's, a Greenwich Village jazz hangout in … Continue reading Johnny Staccato (Staccato)

My Scrapbook: When Harry Met Jimbo

My Scrapbook Harry Tenafly meets Jim Rockford.  It never happened, but what if it did? James McEachin starred as Los Angeles area private eye Harry Tenafly in the short-lived NBC Mystery Movie offering Tenafly in 1973-74.  As a P.I., Harry was everything the television private eye of the era definitely wasn't: a happily married, middle-class family … Continue reading My Scrapbook: When Harry Met Jimbo

Don’t Call ’em a Bargain!

You see 'em everywhere online. These dirt cheap, scan-and-print e-compilations of novels and short stories by some of the better known (but not A-list) authors of the genre. Twenty-Five Hard-Boiled Classics, Volume Eight! The Amazing Sherlock Holmes and Watson Megapack! Gritty Crime from the Pulps, Collection 15! Five More Great Awesome and Amazing Crime Novels … Continue reading Don’t Call ’em a Bargain!

PaPa LaBas

Created by Ishmael Reed (1938-) Ishmael Reed's headspinning Mumbo Jumbo (1972) is mish-mash of Black pride, righteous anger, fingerpointing and, um, Footloose? It's also, if you look at it in just the right light, a private eye story. It’s the early 1920s, Warren Harding is president, membership in the Ku Klux Klan is growing, ragtime is morphing into jazz, … Continue reading PaPa LaBas

Leo Waterman

Created by G.M. Ford Should you judge a private eye by the company he keeps? A hapless, rumpled, heart-on-his-sleeve, middle-aged, grumpy smart-ass, Seattle private eye LEO WATERMAN stumbles from one quixotic case to another, in this highly-entertaining, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, critically-acclaimed series, by G.M. Ford. Aiding him in his escapades are "the boys," a gang … Continue reading Leo Waterman

Kōsuke Kindaichi

Created by Seishi Yokomizo (1902-1981) Arguably the most beloved Japanese detective of all time, Seishi Yokomizo's KŌSUKE KINDAICHI first appeared in The Honjin Murders, which was serialized in the magazine Houseki from April to December 1946. It's a brainstomper of a locked room murder, taking place in a huge family mansion surrounded by thick snow, which many people … Continue reading Kōsuke Kindaichi