“In Love with Raymond Chandler”

By Margaret Atwood I have no business reprinting this, but "In Love with Raymond Chandler,” Canadian author/poet/lforce of nature Margaret Atwood’s peculiar valentine to Raymond Chandler (furniture?) is just too good to let slip by. It was originally collected in Good Bones (1992), an eclectic grab bag of her parables, monologues, snippets, prose poems, reconfigured fairy tales, recipes and … Continue reading “In Love with Raymond Chandler”

Zachariah Smith

Created by L.L. (Linda) Thrasher "That's me, Arrow Investigations. I wanted to change the name to Cat's-Paw, Incorporated, but my sister said no one would get it. It's from an old fable about a cat sleeping by a fire where a monkey was roasting some chestnuts. When the nuts were done, the monkey used the … Continue reading Zachariah Smith

Jason Chase

Created by Stephen Marlowe Pseudonym of Milton Lesser Other pseudonyms include Adam Chase, Andrew Frazer, Jason Ridgway, C.H. Thames, S.M. Teneshaw, Gerald Vance, Alexander Blade, Darius John Granger, Adam Chase, Stephen Wilder, Ellery Queen (1928–2008) “I made a considerable dent in the bourbon reserves of three bars. Maybe I couldn’t quite walk a straight line after that, … Continue reading Jason Chase

Duncan Pride

Created by Andrew Frazer Pseudonym of Stephen Marlowe/Milton Lesser Other pseudonyms include Adam Chase, Andrew Frazer, Jason Ridgway, C.H. Thames, S.M. Teneshaw, Gerald Vance, Alexander Blade, Darius John Granger, Adam Chase, Stephen Wilder, Ellery Queen (1928–2008) An All-American quarterback at Long Island's Wynant College, DUNCAN PRIDE was all set to go pro, the first round draft pick … Continue reading Duncan Pride

Nathan Waymaker

Created by S.A. Crosby “I handle the bodies." It seems like only yesterday (well, 2020) that crime writer S.A. Crosby appeared, apparently out of nowhere, to set the world aflame with Blacktop Wasteland, a hard-as-nails down-and-dirty bestseller about street racers, trailer parks and stolen diamonds, set in the dead-end boonies of Mississippi where nobody seems … Continue reading Nathan Waymaker

Tony Hunter

Created by Robert George Dean Pseudonyms include George Griswold (1904 - 1989)   Ace operative for the New York-based Schmidt Detective Agency, ANTHONY "TONY” HUNTER was a suitably hard-boiled, suitably hard-drinking and suitably flirtatious private eye with a suitably attractive receptionist and secretary, Irma, who appeared in ten novels in the thirties through the fifties. He … Continue reading Tony Hunter

Pat Thompson

Created by Robert George Dean Pseudonyms include George Griswold (1904-89) "So this is what comes of trying to drink a woman under the table. Just a sacrifice on the altar of insurance!” — Pat the morning after... Tucked away in the wrinkles and folds of the Shamus Game is this little rarity—a hard-boiled private eye … Continue reading Pat Thompson

Eddie Ginley (Gumshoe)

Created by Neville Smith "He looked like the kind of guy your mother would like to marry your sister. If you had a mother. If you had a sister." -- the opening lines from Gumshoe The sleuth, the whole sleuth and nothing but the sleuth... Stephen Frears' served notice with his directorial debut, a slice … Continue reading Eddie Ginley (Gumshoe)

Rex Carver

Created by Victor Canning (1911-86) "What did I learn? ... that there's an office waiting, clients being clever with you, and two roads running away north and south, and that you've got to be honest and take your own road because somewhere at the end of it—with luck—there might be the thing you really want. … Continue reading Rex Carver

James Helder

Created by Victor Canning(1911-86) Although long known for his spy novels, Victor Canning has managed to crank out a few memorable private eyes, such as Rex Carver and Edward Mercer. JAMES HELDER is another, although "memorable" may not be quite the word he—or Canning himself--uses to describe himself. He’s a pivotal character in both novels … Continue reading James Helder