The Beers of Spenser

The Beerhunter? For a while there, it really seemed like Robert B. Parker's Spenser had a quest. No, not some knightly search for some old cup that's been kicking around for a couple of millennium, or something so shop-worn as a lady fair or even honesty, beauty or true love. Nope, Spenser's quest was for... … Continue reading The Beers of Spenser

Frank Kafka

Created by Jacob Kurtz (aka Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips) "It never makes any goddamn sense." Now here's something you don't see everyday: a fictitious comic strip drawn by a character in a comic book. Is that meta enough for ya? FRANK KAFKA is the private eye hero of a popular daily comic strip titled, appropriately enough … Continue reading Frank Kafka

“Blondes, Blondes, Blondes!”

A short story by Jack Bludis Featuring Ken Sligo Winter 2006 "Girls, girls, girls!" I shouted out to the men looking for action on Baltimore's notorious Block. "Blondes, Brunettes, Redheads. Get 'em while they're hot!" It was 1947, two years since the war. The only men in uniform were cops and a few foreign sailors in … Continue reading “Blondes, Blondes, Blondes!”

The P.I. World Tour

Wining, Dining and Sight-seeing: Suggested Stops "Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else." -- Mark Twain The Bradbury Building, the Varg Veum statue and BILIPO   The Maltese Falcon Plaque (SPOILER ALERT!) and Raymond Chandler Square LOS ANGELES The Esotouric Raymond Chandler Bus Tour Los Angeles, California It may be referred to … Continue reading The P.I. World Tour

Gus Klein

Created by Richard Neely (1941--) Most folks (including me) may not have read Richard Neely's original 1969 novel, The Plastic Nightmare, but for a brief period, it seemed like everyone had seen -- and had a theory about -- Shattered, the confusing, polarizing 1991 film adaptation by Wolfgang Petersen. Suffice it to say while this … Continue reading Gus Klein

“Slightly Tarnished Armor”

By Christopher Mills Featuring Matthew Dain May 1999   "I'm afraid the son of a bitch is going to kill me." Her voice was hard, cold; as completely devoid of emotion as a telephone operator's. She took another long drag on her cigarette and closed her eyes as she exhaled. I took another sip of coffee … Continue reading “Slightly Tarnished Armor”

“Hit and Run”

By Christopher Mills Featuring Matthew Dain October 2008 I was sitting in my '65 Ford Mustang with a thermos of hot coffee between my legs to keep my nuts from freezing, wincing at the icy wind that howled in off Casco Bay and through the half-open window. I hate stakeouts anyway, and sitting in a thirty-year … Continue reading “Hit and Run”

The Thrilling Detective Hall of Fame

I've listed these eyes by the decade in which they first appeared, even though an eye's career may span more than one decade, or even not make much of mark for several years after their first appearance. They're counted for what I consider their quality, entertainment value, reflection of their times, influence on the genre … Continue reading The Thrilling Detective Hall of Fame

“Zen and the Art of Murder”

An excerpt from the novel by Elizabeth M. Cosin Featuring Zen Moses September 1998   CHAPTER ONE It rained the day I said goodbye to my best friend; the kind of storm that was packaged in a San Francisco-like cold front. December in Santa Monica could blow in from the Pacific like the draft from a meat … Continue reading “Zen and the Art of Murder”