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

(1855 – 1928) 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 American lawman, detective and bounty hunter, CHARLIE SIRINGO. He's a fascinating character, a real-life frontier … 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

Dashiell Hammett

Also wrote as Peter Collinson, Daghull Hammett, Samuel Dashiell, Mary Jane Hammett (1894-1961) "Hammett gave murder back to the kind of people that commit it for reasons." -- Raymond Chandler Dashiell Hammett was born in St. Mary's County, Maryland, on May 27th, 1894, and died January 10, 1961, in New York, New York. In between, … Continue reading Dashiell Hammett