“I Dunit”

EDITOR'S NOTE: This one's taken from the third and final issue of P.S. Magazine, a general interest magazine from the 1960s. It was their August 1966 issue, and it was dedicated to "the rise of the gumshoe" and included an interview with Rex Stout,  "The White Rabbit Caper," a tongue-in-cheek detective story by James Thurber, an essay … Continue reading “I Dunit”

William “Billy” Wallace

Created by Ed Lacy Pseudonym of Leonard S. Zinberg (1911-1968) "I was afraid my heart would burst if I took another step." One year after he suffered his first heart attack, author Ed Lacy published Bugged For Murder (1961) about a middle-aged private eye, WILLIAM "Billy" WALLACE, who has a bad ticker ticker himself, and is … Continue reading William “Billy” Wallace

Ed Lacy

Pseudonym of Leonard S. Zinberg Other pseudonyms include Steve April, Russell Turner (1911-1968) Author Ed Lacy (born Leonard S. Zinberg) is best known for creating the first truly-credible black private eye, Toussaint Moore, in his 1956 novel Room to Swing, for which he won the Edgar for Best Novel. Lacy, in fact, was white, although … Continue reading Ed Lacy

Toussaint Moore

Created by Ed Lacy Pseudonym of Leonard S. Zinberg (1911-1968) "If he had a cellophane head I couldn't have seen his little bird brain working any cleaner." Generally considered the first truly credible African-American eye, TOUSSAINT MARCUS MOORE (now there's a name with more than a few black nationalist overtones) made his debut in the … Continue reading Toussaint Moore