Nicholas Lake

Created by James M. Reasoner (1953--) James M. Reasoner, of course, has written private eye stuff before. Besides the thirty-six Mike Shayne stories he wrote as "Brett Holliday" for Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, he's highly regarded among fans of the genre for Texas Wind, a much beloved P.I. novel, and the Markham short stories, featuring … Continue reading Nicholas Lake

Texas Winds

The Private Eye Tales of James M. Reasoner "James Reasoner puts his stamp on everything he writes. His work can be funny, violent, sad, even whimsical at times, but it doesn't matter because the craft and the art are always informed by the wisdom of the man telling the stories." -- Ed Gorman, from the intro … Continue reading Texas Winds

Robin Thin

Created by Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) "I am not privy to the quirk in Sergeant Hooley's mind which makes attendance at this particular university constitute, for him, a humorous situation; nor can I perceive why he should find so much pleasure in mentioning that famous seat of learning to me who, as I have often taken … Continue reading Robin Thin

Get Your Motor Runnin’…

Some Hot (and not-so-hot) Wheels of Some Hot (and not-so-hot) Eyes       Okay, so some of these aren't exactly "hot wheels," but they have become rather intrinsically linked with their drivers. It's weird. You would assume private eyes would drive bland, inconspicuous cars that blend into the background, and for most of them, that is … Continue reading Get Your Motor Runnin’…

Irish Eyes, Smiling or Otherwise

P.I.'s of the Emerald Isle "There are no private eyes in Ireland. The Irish wouldn't wear it. The concept brushes perilously close to the hated 'informer.' You can get get away weith almost anything except 'telling.'" -- Jack Taylor on the paucity of P.I.s in Ireland, in The Guards (2001) by Ken Bruen John Blaine … Continue reading Irish Eyes, Smiling or Otherwise

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys

Cowboy Eyes The case of the cowboy as P.I. isn't that far-fetched, actually. Scratch Shane, and the Continental Op peeks out... Heck, my earliest heroes were all cowboys. I had my plastic six guns, a red felt cowboy hat and a chip on my shoulder, and anyone who asked my name would be told -- … Continue reading My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys

Down Those Mean Skies…

The Case of the Private Detective in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Related Genres "I've seen the future, brother/It is murder." -- Leonard Cohen, "The Future" I checked out with K19 on Aldabaran III, and stepped out through the crummalite hatch on my 22 Model Sirus Hardtop. I cocked the timejector in secondary and waded through … Continue reading Down Those Mean Skies…

Detectives in DC Comics

  Remember when there were actual detectives doing actual detective work in Detective Comics? Known now as the home of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, many younger fans may not realize that when comics giant DC's flagship title Detective Comics first came out in March 1937, it was simply a kid-friendly comic book version of … Continue reading Detectives in DC Comics

Mark Savage Says…

The Mark Savage Books by Stephen J. Cannell "She had a figure that could get them off the marble slab of the morgue." -- Mark Savage says... The greatest producer of private eye television was undoubtedly Steven J. Cannell. The obvious marker is The Rockford Files,  but when you toss in everything else he created, … Continue reading Mark Savage Says…