On the Trail of Drexel Drake’s Falcon

An On-Going Investigation by Frank Derato I have always enjoyed the Falcon films with Tom Conway and the other night, while watching one I noticed that Michael Arlen is credited with having created the character. A little googling revealed that Arlen supposedly created the character in "Gay Falcon," a 1940 short story. But what about … Continue reading On the Trail of Drexel Drake’s Falcon

Jack Wade

Created by Don Winslow "As a fire investigator, Bentley makes a good fisherman." --not everyone's as good as Jack... To be honest, Don Winslow's standalone California Fire and Life (1999), featuring JACK WADE, a disgraced cop/slacker surfer dude/hotdog insurance claims adjuster specializing in arson, just blew me away. It's a dizzying, circular ride that begins and … Continue reading Jack Wade

Boone Daniels

Created by Don Winslow They call it "surf noir." They call it "surf western." One critic even tagged Winslow as the "unlikely bastard child of Brian Wilson and Raymond Chandler"... All I know is that Don Winslow's BOONE DANIELS (and give Winslow a high five for that monicker) is one righteous San Diego private eye. … Continue reading Boone Daniels

Props & Peeves II

More Private Eye Stories from A Real-Life P.I. By Colleen Collins I’m a real-life P.I. who loves reading stories featuring my fictional counterparts. Seven years ago, I wrote the article “Props & Peeves! Private Eye Stories from a Real-Life P.I.” for the Thrilling Detective. At the time, I’d twice been a judge for the Private … Continue reading Props & Peeves II