My Scrapbook: Miss Cora M. Strayer’s Private Detective Agency

My Scrapbook Miss Cora M. Strayer's Private Detective Agency I can't claim any credit for this one. It's lifted from Paul Reda's amazing Miss Cora M. Strayer's Private Detective Agency page  regarding a real-life private detective Cora M. Strayer (1867-1930), who ran an actual detective agency and lived a colorful life, full of mystery and multiple … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Miss Cora M. Strayer’s Private Detective Agency

Rick Levine & Laura Fitzhugh

Created by Colleen Collins Things to do in Denver when you're a Deadhead... Slacker former defense attorney and current Colorado eye RICK LEVINE's plans to get clean, stop inhaling and grow up seemed like a good idea at the time. But after five years of living the straight and narrow, his attempts to get himself … Continue reading Rick Levine & Laura Fitzhugh

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

Props & Peeves

Private Eye Stories from A Real-Life P.I. By Colleen Collins Okay, true confession time here. Yes, I'm a working professional private investigator , but the truth is... I love reading about fictional private eyes' searches for hidden truths down a wide variety of mean streets. I just love the stuff, and I'm honoured to have … Continue reading Props & Peeves

Kate Warne

Created (well, fictionalized) by Greer Macallister Inspired by real-life operative for the equally real-life Pinkerton Detective Agency, Girl in Disguise (2017) presents an occasionally fictionalized version of the extraordinary life of KATE WARNE, one of that agency's first female ops. A determined young widow trying to scrape by on the mean streets of 1850s Chicago, … Continue reading Kate Warne

Charlie Siringo

A lot of folks have tried to trace the private eye, as we understand it, to the American cowboy myth. While I think it actually goes back further than that, you could certainly make a case if you consider CHARLIE SIRINGO (1855-1928). He's a fascinating character, a real-life frontier figure who spent more than two decades as … Continue reading Charlie Siringo

Allan J. Pinkerton and the Pinkerton Detective Agency

  To say that Allan J. Pinkerton (1819-1884) lead a colorful life is a little bit of an understatement. In his long and varied career he was called a traitor and a patriot, an outlaw and a police officer, a thug and an idealist, a left-leaning political activist fighting for the plight of the workers and … Continue reading Allan J. Pinkerton and the Pinkerton Detective Agency