The Thrilling Detective Zooms

And Other Video Appearances

During the pandemic, when we were all hunkered down in our bunkers, and I was going out of my fucking mind, I tried out what was then a new-fangled idea: hosting a Zoom broadcast.

Everyone else was doing it, but it seemed like a good idea at the time. Our first Zoom, held back in May 2020, was a small but genuine success, and I hosted several more over the next year. They were always informal but happening gatherings, attended by a small but enthusiastic bunch of P.I. fans, writers, editors, fans and even poets. Over four of five meetings, we discussed bad TV and film adaptations, upcoming books worth reading (or avoiding), and who made the best (and the worst) Marlowe. We had readings, and opinions and digressions flew all over the place, and it was great fun. I think we topped out at about 70 attendees, and then, suddenly, the numbers dropped.

The problem, of course, was that—as I said—everyone was doing it. And so I pulled the plug. I may plug the Zoom machine back in one day, if there’s enough interest.

Meanwhile, I’ve been invited to a couple of Dan Schneider Video Interviews (“The Most Widely Read Interview Series In Internet History!”) by Dan “The Man” himself. I’m not sure if I say anything astounding, but they were a lot of fun.


  • The Noir at the Bar Zoom (May 23, 2020)
  • The Detectives in the Shadows Zoom (August 18, 2020)
  • The “Hey, We’re All Friends Here” Zoom (January 23, 2021)
  • Just a Zoom (February 6, 2021)
  • The Thrilling Detective Birthday Zoom (April 3, 2021)
  • On Mickey Spillane (June 14, 2022, Dan Schneider Video Interview #352)
    Max Allan Collins and I are grilled on why Spillane matters. True Confession: I would have been content to just sit back and listen to Max.
  • Why The Rockford Files Is Great (November 26, 2022, Dan Schneider Video Interview #369)
    Featuring Toby Roan and me. Toby and I don’t disagree!

5 thoughts on “The Thrilling Detective Zooms

  1. The THRILLING DETECTIVE NOIR AT THE BAR last night (5/23) was just lovely. Thanks so much for hosting!

  2. Just bought the book and looking forward to the panel discussion! I hope someone will point out that Birdy Edwards (ACD’s “The Valley of Fear”) was the first “hard-boiled” detective in fiction (and Pinkerton himself probably the first in the “real” world)!

    1. THE Leslie Klinger? Love your books!!! And as the theoretical moderator of this impending circus, I look forward to splitting some of those semantic hairs with you. I’m planning, after the more formal panel, to open up the Zoom to a Q&A and schmooze session.

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