“Give the Woman Credit”

By John Swan Featuring John Swan Fall 2001 "Jezus H. How can she do that?" "Practice," Meg says matter-of-factly, watching the video monitor parked in a cracked bookshelf across from my desk. I'm warming the squeaky-wheeled chair behind the desk, my head cranked sidewise for the action on screen. "Yeah but still..." Meg's barely listening. She's … Continue reading “Give the Woman Credit”

“Shot Back”

By Kieran Shea Featuring Andy Caruthers January 2009 “Surely it's not against the law to take pictures.” Georgia Warren was tall. Middle-hitter-volleyball-tall really, and gorgeous in an untouchable, wealthy sort of way. The words Barbie doll and blonde debutante bubbled to mind. My guess was some southern finishing school like Sweet Briar or Hollins, never … Continue reading “Shot Back”

“The Dybbuk Made Me Do It”

By Sarah Weinman Featuring Stuart Kovacs Fall 2006 Stuart Kovacs stumbled out of the movie theater, wondering how the hell he'd ever get back the two hours he'd just lost. He had a splitting headache and a long drive home. And he knew exactly who to blame. “I can't believe you made me watch that … Continue reading “The Dybbuk Made Me Do It”

“Out of Clay”

By Sarah Weinman Featuring Stuart Kovacs January 2006 Laura plopped the case file on his desk. "I think you'll really like this one, Stuart." "What makes you say that?" She smirked. "Trust me, you'll see." Stuart Kovacs opened the file and started to read, but only got three sentences in before the all-too-familiar feeling took … Continue reading “Out of Clay”

Dan Fortune Has His Say (Dan’s Last Words)

As told to Dennis Lynds/Michael Collins EDITOR'S NOTE: Dennis had offered to write something for this site for a while, and finally contributed this fictional mini-rant by his politically outspoken private eye Dan Fortune in the summer of 2005, shortly before his death. In transferring it from our old site, I had a chance to … Continue reading Dan Fortune Has His Say (Dan’s Last Words)

“A Hard-Boiled Christmas”

By Stephen Reid "I refuse to don this ridiculous costume.." Albert sucked in his belly and swelled up like a rooster.  "A saint I ain't, Mac. I am a highly regarded thespian." "You're a highly regarded has-been, is what you are, Albert. Now sit down and try those boots on." I had to pick the … Continue reading “A Hard-Boiled Christmas”

No Good from a Corpse

An excerpt from the 1944 novel by Leight Brackett Featuring Ed Clive September 1999 EDITOR'S NOTE: In September 1999, we were really pleased to present this excerpt from Leigh Brackett's classic 1944 novel, featuring private eye Ed Clive, which was republished that year by Dennis McMillan. The bullet hit the rotten step and kept going. The gun … Continue reading No Good from a Corpse

“Horns”

By Mark Troy Featuring Val Lyon January 2009 Doyle Gillespie bellowed in a voice as loud as his shirt, a yellow and red hangover of martini glasses and hula girls. "Sperm-jacking," he said. "Somebody's getting to my bulls. Taking the goblins right outta the pipe, you might say." Gillespie smiled at his own wit. I took … Continue reading “Horns”

“Validation”

By Stephen D. Rogers Spring 2005 From the very beginning, I wanted to know why the hell my client was paying me to conduct a deep background check on a guy who wanted to be a janitor. It wasn't the money - I knew she was good for it. As the Director of Human Resources for … Continue reading “Validation”

“The Safest Place on Earth”

By Mark Best Featuring Dan Brogan Spring 2005 Chastity Reiling's picture stared down at me as I sat on the sofa. She looked to be about ten in the picture, four years younger than she was now. I had seen more recent pictures of her, and she was fast becoming a beautiful young woman. But … Continue reading “The Safest Place on Earth”