Thrilling Detective Fiction

"So you're a private detective? I didn't know they existed, except in books -- or else they were greasy little men snooping around hotel corridors." -- Bacall to Bogart in The Big Sleep A NOTE TO READERS For over ten years, The Thrilling Detective Web Site published fiction, mostly original short stories, plus an occasional … Continue reading Thrilling Detective Fiction

Car Phones!

Six Private Eye Who Had Car Phones      Once upon a time, there were no cell phones... Okay, for those of you who haven't jumped out the window screaming and are still here, you should know that the early adapters were not geeks, nerds and even multi-millionaires. Nope, they were working guys, blue collar schlubs … Continue reading Car Phones!

Who’s on First?

The First Hard-Boiled Private Eye Story "Firsts" are the sort of game literary historians, scholars and bookgeeks love to play, giving them a chance to strut their stuff, loudly and proudly offering up the most blurry of distinctions and the most wishy-washy of definitions, turning hair-splittery into a fine art -- and occasionally a contact … Continue reading Who’s on First?

My Bookshelf: The Hard-Boiled Omnibus by Joseph T. “Cap” Shaw

My Scrapshelf The Hard-Boiled Omnibus: Early Stories from Black Mask, edited by Joseph T. "Cap" Shaw   Is there a more pivotal collection of stories from Black Mask than The Hard-Boiled Omnibus? Published by Simon and Schuster in 1946, this almost mythical hardcover featured fifteen stories selected by editor  Joseph T. "Cap" Shaw (1874 - 1952), … Continue reading My Bookshelf: The Hard-Boiled Omnibus by Joseph T. “Cap” Shaw

Nick and Holly West

Created by Joan H. Parker & Robert B. Parker "We have money. We do this because we like to." -- Holly in "Galahad, Inc." Dashiell Hammett once said "Maybe there are better writers in the world but nobody ever invented a more insufferably smug pair of characters. They can't take that away from me" The … Continue reading Nick and Holly West

Hank Brackett & Johnny Reach (Bearcats!)

Created by Douglas Heyes "Ridin' in a Stutz Bearcat, Jim/Those were different times..." --Sweet Jane by Lou Reed HANK BRACKETT and JOHNNY REACH were two freelance adventurers (Uh, mercenaries? Troubleshooters? Private eyes?) roaming around the American Southwest circa 1914 in their snazzy Stutz Bearcat in this fondly-remembered (by me, anyway) but short-lived (okay, I was, … Continue reading Hank Brackett & Johnny Reach (Bearcats!)

My Scrapbook: Original Artwork for “Peter Goon” by Jack Davis

My Scrapbook Original Artwork for "Peter Goon" by Jack Davis What? You thought MAD Magazine had a monopoly on snotty, adolescent parodies on television private eyes? Or that the work of the "usual gang of idiots" was exclusive to William M. Gaines' "What, Me Worry?" periodical? Nope. In its day, MAD had a slew of … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Original Artwork for “Peter Goon” by Jack Davis

Going to the Dogs

The Great Mutts of Detective Fiction Fortunately, the genre has, for the most part, escaped the infiltration of felines that has afflicted other mystery genres. And canine appearances have likewise been relatively scarce (so far), save for a few notable exceptions. Here, then, are some of the more significant or otherwise interesting canines of P.I. … Continue reading Going to the Dogs

Alexa Crowe

Created by -- New Zealand's Lucy (Xena, Warrior Princess) Lawless returned to television as a ALEXA CROWE, a 'fearless and unapologetic" private investigator in the 2019 Australian series My Life is Murder. For those nostalgic for the Lucy of the cheesy sword-and-sorcery sagas featuring a lot of jumping around fighting monsters, you'll probably be disappointed -- … Continue reading Alexa Crowe

My Bookshelf: Noir: The Illustrated Crime Fiction Quarterly

My Bookshelf Noir:  The Illustrated Crime Fiction Quarertly Edited by Christopher Mills A year after his ambitious one-shot anthology The Detectives,  editor Christopher Mills let fly with the even more ambitious Noir: The Illustrated Crime Fiction Quarterly, an attempt to re-create The Detectives on a regular basis. It never quite caught on, lasting a mere three … Continue reading My Bookshelf: Noir: The Illustrated Crime Fiction Quarterly