The Private Integers

Private Eyes You Can Count On... Any excuse for a list, right? Every now and then, we get an eye whose name we never learn. Like the Dashiell Hammett's Continental Op or Bill Pronzini's Nameless. And others were identified mostly--or only--by a number, particularly in the early days of the genre, when the detectives on … Continue reading The Private Integers

One of the Fifty Things TV Guide’s Matt Roush Loves About TV

#41: Private Eyes In the December 14, 2002 issue of TV Guide, critic Matt Roush (senior critic, and editor of The Roush Review) listed "Fifty Things I Love About TV." Among such notable (or sometimes quirky) choices such as Everybody Loves Raymond, Turner Classic Movies and 1973's CBS's Saturday evening lineup, was this entry (at … Continue reading One of the Fifty Things TV Guide’s Matt Roush Loves About TV

“My Client’s Wife”

By Michael Bracken Featuring "Moe Ron" Boyette Spring 2007 I watched my client's wife through the open French doors leading from their bedroom to the back patio, surprised at my reaction to her half-clothed figure, and I knew that it would be another long, hard night. "Anything?" my client asked the following morning. I shook my … Continue reading “My Client’s Wife”

“You’re a good man, sister”

Stand-up Secretaries & the Eyes Lucky Enough to Have Them "You're a damned good man, sister" - Sam Spade to Effie Perine in The Maltese Falcon Yeah, yeah, I know... amanuensises, administrative assistants, office managers, workflow technicians... whatever... Effie Perine She manned the offices of Spade and Archer, lighting Sam's smokes, and maybe a whole lot … Continue reading “You’re a good man, sister”

You’re a Mean Man with a Typewriter, Sister

The Hard-boiled Lady Writers of the Pulps The story goes that when big shot Hollywood director Howard Hawks finished reading Leigh Brackett's 1944 crime novel No Good From a Corpse, he was blown away by the snappy patter and the rock hard prose, and figured the writer might be just who he needed for his … Continue reading You’re a Mean Man with a Typewriter, Sister

Crossover Hangover

Sometimes, TV eyes, just like their literary counterparts, seem to have trouble knowing their place (see "Great Cameos"), and wander onto other television shows, in what sometimes seems like an endless number of "very special" episodes. Hawaiian Eye/77 Sunset Strip Stuart Bailey from 77 Sunset Strip appeared in the first episode of Hawaiian Eye, "Malihini … Continue reading Crossover Hangover

Let’s Go to Hawaii

Hawaiian Eyes "In Honolulu there's some swinging sights Wild party's going everynight I'm not invited, heard some people say But I dont care, I'm going anyway!" -- "Let's Go to Hawaii" by Teenage Head Alexis Albright by J.M.T. Miller Byrd by B. Clay Moore John Caine by Charles Knief (Oahu) Sandy McKane by William Campbell … Continue reading Let’s Go to Hawaii

The Hammer

Winners of The PWA Hammer Award The Hammer, first presented in 2007, goes to the character, not the author, for his/her contribution to, and longevity in the field. It's named after Mike Hammer, of course, who certainly made his mark, and so far, thanks to Max Allan Collins, has shown no sign of leaving... 2007 … Continue reading The Hammer

The Eye

Winners of The PWA Lifetime Achievement Award The Eye, the Private Eye Writers of America's Lifetime Achievement award, was first presented in 1982. It isn't given out every year, but then again, they don't just bestow it on anyone... 1982Ross Macdonald 1983Mickey Spillane 1984William Campbell Gault 1985Howard Browne 1986Richard S. Prather 1987Bill Pronzini 1988Dennis Lynds, … Continue reading The Eye

“The Gospel According to Gordon Black”

By Richard Helms Featuring Eamon Gold Fall 2007 Gordon Black was a short man with an intimidating stare. His hair and beard were completely white. He liked to accentuate his points by drawing circles in the air with his index fingers. “We are nothing but organic flotsam, bobbing in the infinite sea of life. Don't you … Continue reading “The Gospel According to Gordon Black”