Dennis Lynds

Pseudonyms include Michael Collins, William Arden, John Crowe, Robert Hart Davis, Carl Dekker, Mark Sadler, Sheila Lynds, Sheila McErlean, John Douglas, Walter DallasHouse pseudonyms include Nick Carter, Brett Halliday, Don Pendleton, Maxwell Grant(1924-2005) "I just ask questions."September 29, 2002, Santa Barbara Book Festival "I write mysteries to say something, not just for entertainment."Santa Barbara News-Press, 1982. … Continue reading Dennis Lynds

My Scrapbook: The Millars Lived Here

Ross Macdonald & Margaret Millar's Santa Barbara Home I guess this should really be called "Duane's Scrapbook," because he's the one who snapped these pics... Anyway, he posted these recently from secret lair in Burbank, following a jaunt to Santa Barbara. Respectfully submitted by Duane Swierczynski.

Elmore Leonard

(1925-2013) ". . . I don't think of them as bad guys. I just think of them as, for the most part, normal people who get up in the morning and they wonder what they're going to have for breakfast, and they sneeze, and they wonder if they should call their mother, and then they … Continue reading Elmore Leonard

Day Keene

Pseudonym of Gunnar Hjerstedt Other pseudonyms include Lewis Dixon, Alvin F. Hunter, William Richards, Clark Nelson, Daniel White, John Corbett & Donald King (1904-1969) "Keene is a natural storyteller; he keeps things moving right along, and no reader is likely to bored." -- Bill Crider in 1001 Midnights "Even in his minor books, you can see … Continue reading Day Keene

True Detectives

Real-Life Eyes Who've Written P.I. Novels Sometimes it seems like every jasper that ever got a P.I. ticket decided to chuck it all to become a writer, perhaps dreaming of fame and riches (or perhaps, just not wanting to pee in a bottle while on a stakeout again), but the sad fact is that first-hand … Continue reading True Detectives

Ron Goulart’s Informal Reading List

From The Hardboiled Dicks Tucked away in the back pages of Ron Goulart's classic collection of detective fiction from the pulps, The Hardboiled Dicks (1965), is a short list of hard-boiled writers worth he considered worth investigating, along with a few suggested titles and even a cursory overview. Hardly definitive or essential, but it is interesting. The … Continue reading Ron Goulart’s Informal Reading List

Frederick Nebel

Pseudonyms include Grimes Hill, Lewis Nebel & Eric Lewis (1903-1966) He was born LOUIS FREDERICK NEBEL on November 3, 1903. He dropped out of high school at fifteen, allegedly after only one day of classes. He worked the docks and checked cars. He became a valet and, in some versions of his biography, a sailor on a tramp … Continue reading Frederick Nebel

Hard, Tough and More Than a Little Nasty

Martin Brett's Mike Garfin Novels An Overview by Kevin Burton Smith For a homesick Montréaler like me, Stark House's 2006 reprinting of The Deadly Dames (originally published in 1956) and A Dum-Dum for the President (1961), the third and fourth books to feature ma ville's greatest private eye, Martin Brett's Michel "Mike" Garfin, provides an embarrassment … Continue reading Hard, Tough and More Than a Little Nasty

Carl Hiaasen

"If you were pursuing your cousin's kidnapper across Florida, you would want a man like Skink at your side. Maybe." -- Kirkus Reviews on Skink--No Surrender Okay, let's admit it. Florida has problems. Fortunately, journalist, muckraker and novelist CARL HIAASEN has it covered, in one of the most-entertaining string of comic novels the genre has seen … Continue reading Carl Hiaasen

Max Allan Collins

Pseudonyms include Patrick Culhane, Barbara Allan (1948--) Jack of all trades, and master of a ton of 'em. Iowa's MAX ALLAN COLLINS is a baby-boomer renaissance man in the crime and mystery genre. He's done comic strips, comic books, trading cards, short stories, novels, film, and even television novelizations. He's written hard-boiled, noir, cozies, sci-fi … Continue reading Max Allan Collins