Word on the street is…
This is something new I’m trying out, but it really depends on you. If you’re a private eye writer, and you’ve got something in a private eye vein coming out in the next little while, please let me know via email (or DM me, for you youngsters) and I’ll post the news here. All I ask is that you keep it short, keep it pithy and keep it relevant. If you’re not sure, check out What the hell is a private eye, anyway?
Don’t worry–I’ve got plenty of thumbtacks.
Also, let me know what you think about this idea…
I’ve kicked off a Facebook blog, Short Suspects, that covers one lost or exceptional but lesser-known short story or novella (and the anthology or collection where it can be found) five times a week. I try to hit the history of crime fiction, how genre trends reflected social, cultural, and pop trends, insights into the authors, and how to find and affordable copy of the collection of the day.
To date, I have featured the shorter cases of the 87th Precinct (“Empty Hours” through “Merely Hate”); short stories and novelettes that inspired or are related to popular of classic films (Double Indemnity, Rear Window, Bloodwork and Bosch, the James Bond films); and, currently, the print private eyes who helped bring the genre into the 21st Century — Matt Scudder, Easy Rawlins, Bill Smith and Lydia Chin, Stanley Hastings, and Dave Brandstetter. Coming up: A look at the rarer and more unusual treasures in the Ivy Books paperback anthologies of the late ’80s/early ’90s, Otto Penzler’s great sports mystery anthologies, and a look at Edward D. Hoch and his multiple sleuths. I have somewhere around 300-400 anthologies and single-author collections, so I should be able to keep this going for years to come. And if you’d like to chime in on the PI short story from time to time, I’d be delirious. Well, very happy, anyway. (September 2021)
EDITOR’S NOTE: Check out One-Short Wonders, Martin’s survey of some of his favourite one-shot P.I. stories.
Although I’m primarily a sci-fi writer, I have also written two books (so far) about Dapper Luoo, a Chinese American private eye in 1950s Los Angeles. The second book, Oceans of Brass, will be out August 15th. I did an interview on Indie Crime Scene about the writing of the first book that came out last year. (August 2021)
Wrapping up my first new Velda short story in years. Velda finds herself on her cousin’s farm while solving a murder mystery in “E-I-E-I-Oh Velda!” (August 2021)
My new book Drunk on Blood is available on Amazon. Cricket West, a Las Vegas private eye, a broken nose blonde on the dark side of thirty, has been hired by the Archbishop of Las Vegas and partnered up with a Jesuit monsignor from the Vatican to observe and bear witness to the strange and unholy evils in the Catholic Church that he must confront. Carry your gun, she is told. Always reload quickly.
And check out “Murder By Proxy,” my Crime Micro-Flash Fiction, which appeared in the June Mystery Tribune. (July 2021)
The first issue of Guilty Crime Story Magazine is out and includes my story “Give Me a Reason,” plus six more, all-new stories and an article on Mickey Spillane’s legendary P.I., Mike Hammer! Available on Amazon in both Kindle and print editions. (July 2021)
Max Allan Collins
The first of three novellas about a new ’40s female P.I., Fancy Anders, will appear soon from Neo-Text as an e-book with a POD option. Two more Fancy novellas will follow and eventually be collected (I hope). Illustrations are by the fabulous Fay Dalton. Meanwhile, the third John Sand spy novel by Matt Clemens and me will be out soon, as we1l, from Wolfpack: To Live and Spy in Berlin. Much is in the works for the 75th anniversary of Mike Hammer next year (I, the Jury was published in 1947). (July 2021)
Michele Bazan Reed
Jazz age P.I., Harry Jerome, is featured in “The Canine Caper,” published in June in the Sisters in Crime Guppy Chapter antholory, The Fish That Got Away. In the story, Harry takes on a wily canine thief at the 1921 New York State Fair Dog Show. (July 2021)
ln A Cold Copper Moon, Cooper, a private investigator desperate to find his son, now eight years missing, has dreams about his son’s kidnapping–are they real or are they just part of his nightmares? In the meantime,Cynthia Hayward has hired Cooper to find her father, missing since Thanksgiving, because she’s heard that he’s good at finding missing people. And he is. (July 2021)
O’Neil De Noux
I’ve had three short stories published recently: “Ticking of the Big Clock” in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine (January/February 2021), “The Girl with the Gibson Girl Look” in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine (March/April 2021), and “Fort Dumpster” in the June 2021 issue of Pulphouse Fiction. (July 2021)
The Pine Barrens Stratagem: From the Case Files of Steve Rockfish drops on January 27, 2022 from Black Rose. It follows Steve Rockfish, a private detective struggling with the pandemic, who just landed his biggest client. But as Steve digs deeper, he’s thrown into the den of a monolithic criminal alliance and his effort uncovers a myriad of illicit activity dating back to the 1940s and as recent as yesterday. (July 2021)
Corey Lynn Fayman
My most recent novel, Ballast Point Breakdown, won top honors at the 202 1 San Diego Book Awards, selected as best Published Mystery/Suspense Fiction and also receiving the Geisel Award for overall best-in-show. (July 2021)
David R. Thompson
Level Best Books is publishing my next 1940s-era hard-boiled detective mystery novel, Shanghai Ruby, which is due out in July. Private eye Matt Thornton is hired by a friend of Humphrey Bogart to recover jewels given to a mobster’s mistress, and Ernest Hemingway is threatened while overseeing his latest movie. Thornton uncovers a connection to several murdered women and a communist plot to overthrow the Hollywood Movie industry with funds generated from a counterfeit currency scheme, laundering the money through Chinatown’s illegal gambling, dope and prostitution business.
My P.I., Robert Doverman, appears this month in issue 60 of Dark Dossier in a story titled, “Each Day That I Die.” He will also be featured in “All The Love You Can Handle For A Dollar,” in an upcoming issue of Mystery Weekly. (July 2021)
Attention, all short story-writing types–time-worn veterans, eager newcomers, and all those who fall in between–the folks at New York City’s landmark Mysterious Bookstore are now screening submissions for The Mysterious Bookshop Presents the Best Mysteries of the Year 2022 through the end of the year. Full details here. (June 2021)
Deadly Dance, the sixth installment in my series with former piano prodigy turned private investigator, Scott Drayco, was just released. Also, a short story featuring Drayco titled, “Suite in the Key of Death” was recently published in Mystery Weekly magazine (Their blurb? “When Scott Drayco was hired to investigate a suspicious death, he didn’t count on an oddball suspect. Or that he’d wish he’d never taken the case at all.”)
My own story in Only the Good Die Young: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Billy Joel, which came out last month from Untreed Reads, is also titled “Only the Good Die Young,” and it’s the first appearance of a new PI character, a Long Islander whose first name is Anthony and last name isn’t mentioned. I haven’t decided yet whether this is a one-off or if he’ll be back for more stories. Meanwhile, my Texas PI Helmut Erhard has two new stories — #4 and 5 in the series — coming out later this year, one in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine (“The Vampire Shift”) and one in Michael Bracken’s Mickey Finn 2 (“KLDI”).
Aloha Boys, a novella featuring my private eye Morris Ronald “Mo Ron” Boyette, will be released August 17 by PI Tales. It is paired with Frank Zafiro’s Hallmarks of the Job, featuring Stanley Melvin, as part of PI Tales’s Double Feature series. Also forthcoming from Tough, though I haven’t a date yet, is “Disposable Women.” The story features P.I. Cade Wilcox and has a small role for Studebaker Johnson, a PI who first appeared in “Quarryville, Texas” in The Private Eye Writers of America Presents: Fifty Shades of Grey Fedora (2015).
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