Welcome to  The Thrilling Detective Web Site. Again.

Welcome to the Winter of Discontent #2.

As those of you who know how many beans make five already know…

As of April 1, 2021 (our 23rd anniversary), it’s official. thrillingdetective.com is dead.

Long live thrillingdetective.com!

Let me explain.  We’re not really going anywhere, we’ve simply changed where the domain thrillingdetective.com is parked, moving the site from our old server to a new one, allowing us to make it a WordPress site, with all those nifty features you guys apparently love.

Q: What if I don’t love it?

A: You’re pretty much out of luck, unfortunately. Adobe’s ever-evolving march on simplicity has triumphed, with the beloved simple PageMill morphing into the tolerable GoLive into the interminable tech clusterfuck that is Dreamweaver–a program so bloated with features I don’t need or understand that I can barely use it.

Q: So we’ve moved everything from the old location, right?

A: Uh, not exactly. It’s a huge site, but I’m more than half way there. I’m trying to move (and often, update) the primary pages first. Of course, “primary” may be in the eye of the beholder, so if you get the dreaded “Sorry, Pal” message, our team of experts (well, me) will jump on it. Unfortunately, it will take time for all the search engines and the rest of the internet to catch up. If it’s something you really want to see, let me know.

Q: Does that mean all the old stuff has disappeared?

A: Nope. It still exists on my Mac, on an external hard drive and possibly in the hearts of millions. And it will all be ultimately transferred here.

Q: Anything else I should know?

A: Yes, in fact, I’ve got a new feature I think I call Dick of the Day. Everyday (except, possibly, for the usual catastrophes, like, er, AT&T, holidays, and long-delayed trips to Canada), I plan to post a link on Twitter and elsewhere to one of the thousands of private eyes I have listed on the site. I’d love to know what you think.

Q: What about those buy links? Who’s getting rich off that?

A: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. but I’m certainly not getting rich. I wish.

Got something in a private eye vein I should know about? Tell me!
Got something to show me? I can’t post if I don’t know…

You can email me or tweet me, or maybe even Facebook me. Or use the comments section at the bottom of every page. But I should remind you that I’m a man who likes to talk to a man who likes to talk

You can also become a Friend of the Site. I’m easy–just slip me a few bucks via PayPal for beer money.

And for those who’d like to send me review copies (or bundles of unmarked bills, preferably tens and twenties), my snail mail is:

Kevin Burton Smith
The Thrilling Detective Web Site
3053 Rancho Vista Blvd, Apt. 116
Palmdale, CA 93551

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  1. Glad I came upon your site via noirish Chandler post.Like your line “I’m a man who likes to talk to a man who likes to talk.” Your line or from a movie? I’m an intellectual vagrant whose train of thought often takes the scenic route. 1st half is mine 2nd was said about the late N.Y.Times writer Johnny Apple.

  2. Thank you so much for this website. I’ve always loved mysteries, but I found I really love the hard-boiled gumshoes. This is a great reference to learn about the authors and characters.

  3. I’m new to your site. When you post the link “Buy this book,” next to a title is that also your personal recommendation based on the quality of that particular novel or just a convenience you’re extending to anyone who doesn’t know how to get to the Amazon website?

    1. I’d love to say it was both, but honestly? It’s to push people towards Amazon. If someone buys a book (or a movie or whatever) through one of my links, I get a few pennies, which I can then plough back into server space, domain registration and, if I’m really lucky, a beer now and then. It doesn’t cost readers anything, but those few cents can mean a lot to me.

      As for my recommendations, while most of the entries are NOT reviews, per se, it’s usually pretty easy to suss out how I feel about a certain character or writer.

  4. Just stumbled onto your web site. What a gem. I love the Detective Noir genre and your web site is an amazing tribute. Just wanted to thank you for putting this all together and to let you know that it’s great to see how passionate you are about Detective Fiction. Your handwork in creating this extremely informative and entertaining web site is greatly appreciated.

  5. Hey, Kevin… I owe you a beer. You and Victoria published one of my first stories back in the day, September 2000 as I recall (you called it The Desperate Minutes which I loved), but now I have a series or two out under a new name (Brian Drake because bloody hell even I have trouble pronouncing my own name sometimes) and it’s all your fault. Or something. Anyway one of these days I’ll get you that beer! Please give my best to Victoria.

  6. Great site. Not sure how I got to it, but glad to be here. Oh, I remember now. I must have been Googling Ross Macdonald.

  7. OH NO! Proof reading is not someone’s forte on this site. “We’re now officially became twenty-two years old” should We’ve now officially became…or We have now officially became (become would be more appropriate)

  8. I just found you while looking for “like Robert B. Parker”. Beacause I adore Robert B. Parker and nobody in the real world knows who I’m talking about. (A. Who bought all those books? B. I need new friends.) So I’m really looking forward to following your new website after sneaking in the back door.

    1. I hate the thought that anyone may only know Spenser from that horrible Mark Wahlberg movie on Netflix. Been reading Parker since college, when they sent me his early paperbacks for review, and I love the job Ace Atkins is doing post-Parker. If you think Spenser is “obscure,” though, mention Ellery Queen to any so-called whodunit fan — you can buy any dozen 70-year-old Perry Mason paperbacks any time at Barnes and Noble, but one of the greatest American detective characters today’s known only for the magazine. Sigh.

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