Benoit Blanc (Knives Out)

Created by Rian Johnson "When people get desperate, the knives come out." Screenwriter and director Rian Johnson has already seriously mucked around with the mystery genre back in his feature film debut Brick, which transported the classic hard-boiled/film noir detective flicks of the forties to a contemporary high school in the endless sun-bleached suburban sprawl of … Continue reading Benoit Blanc (Knives Out)

My Scrapbook: Mannix in Space

My Scrapbook A Seasonal Greeting Card from the Charleses Super-Fun-Pak Comix by Ruben Bolling for January 24, 2020 I dunno. There's just something really goofy about this one--the idea of Joe Mannix, the iconic TV eye, drifting around the universe like some tweed-jacketed piece of space debris, that appeals to me. I was pointed to … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Mannix in Space

Joe Mannix

Created by William Link and Richard Levinson Developed for Television by Bruce Geller "If you're not gonna pull that trigger immediately, mind if I have a cigarette?" -- Joe in "To the Swiftest Death" Your classic American hard-boiled private eye, television division. And I mean classic in every sense of the word. Accept no substitutes. "the eternal … Continue reading Joe Mannix

Frank Hathaway & Lu Shakespeare (Shakespeare & Hathatway)

Created by Paul Matthew Thompson & Jude Tindall In the cuter-than-thou sweepstakes, the easy-going 2018 BBC comedy/drama Shakespeare and Hathaway: Private Investigators is surely a contender. It's not enough that former Detective Inspector turned private eye FRANK HATHAWAY shares the family name of the Bard's wife and works in Stratford-upon-Avon. That alone would race at … Continue reading Frank Hathaway & Lu Shakespeare (Shakespeare & Hathatway)

The Return of the P.I. Poll

Including The 2019 Cheap Thrill Awards Well, it's back. I used to do something called the CHEAP THRILL AWARDS every year on this site, and now that I'm well on my way to completing the long-promised move of the THRILLING DETECTIVE WEB SITE, I figured it's about time to bring back the Thrillies. This will … Continue reading The Return of the P.I. Poll

Deck the Mean Streets with Boughs of Holly

Christmas Eyes "Christmas was coming... Brenda Lee had been rockin' round the Chritmas tree so long store cashiers were on suicide watch." -- opening to Midnight Lullaby by James D.F. Hannah "Ah, sweet Christmas!" -- Luke Cage    SHORT STORIES "A Hard-Boiled Christmas" by Stephen Reid (December 23, 1989, The Globe and Mail) A feel-good … Continue reading Deck the Mean Streets with Boughs of Holly

Jacob Asch

Created by Arthur Lyons (1946-2008)  JACOB ASCH was a glib, cynical, half-Jewish reporter for the L.A. Chronicle until he got sent to jail for refusing to reveal a source. He did six months on a contempt of court beef, and when he was sprung, the glamour of journalism, for some reason, had lost its appeal … Continue reading Jacob Asch

Harry Stoner

Created by Jonathan Valin In his mid-forties, too educted for his own good and no stranger to brooding and self-doubt, Cincinnati's HARRY STONER is a more intense, more muscular, bigger-shouldered version of Ross Macdonald's Lew Archer, rougher around the edges, more prone to violence. And he's very much a product of his times -- the … Continue reading Harry Stoner

Scooby-Doo & Mystery, Inc.

Created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears “I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for you meddling kids” -- never actually uttered, but the thought is there. Ruh-roh. No, SCOOBY-DOO, a giant talking Great Dane, and teenagers NORVILLE "SHAGGY" ROGERS, THELMA DINKLEY, DAPHNE BLAKE and FRED JONES are not private detectives. … Continue reading Scooby-Doo & Mystery, Inc.

The P.I. World Tour

Wining, Dining and Sight-seeing: Suggested Stops "Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else." -- Mark Twain The Bradbury Building, the Varg Veum statue and BILIPO   The Maltese Falcon Plaque (SPOILER ALERT!) and Raymond Chandler Square LOS ANGELES The Esotouric Raymond Chandler Bus Tour Los Angeles, California It may be referred to … Continue reading The P.I. World Tour