The 2022 Shamus Awards

From the Private Eye Writers of America The winners of the 2022 Shamus Awards, for works published in 2021, were announced by PWA Awards Chairperson John Shepphird on August 4, 2022. The winners are in red. BEST PI HARDCOVER Family Business by S. J. Rozan (Lydia Chin/Bill Smith) Runner by Tracy Clark (Cass Raines) Last … Continue reading The 2022 Shamus Awards

What Were Once Vices…

Notable Gay and Lesbian Eyes Sam Spade seemed to take some genuine pleasure in belittling and slapping around both Wilmer (that gunsel!) and Joel Cairo in The Maltese Falcon, but homosexuals (and transsexuals) have already been treated more or less the same way in the genre for decades--and would continue to be so for decades … Continue reading What Were Once Vices…

Ontari-ari-ari-o Eyes

Eyes from Canada's Second Largest Province Ontario Benny Cooperman by Howard Engel (Grantham, a thinly disguised St. Catharines) Joe Garrett by Alison Bruce Max Dexter by Chris Laing Kate Garrett & Jake Carmedy by Alison Bruce Terry Lane from Taking the Falls (Niagara Falls) D.B. Murphy by Richard J. Thomas (Owen Sound) John Swan by … Continue reading Ontari-ari-ari-o Eyes

Crime & Detective in The American Magazine

Some Significant Contributors¬†& Other Writers of Interest The American Illustrated Magazine began publishing in September 1905 and in June 1906 shortened its name simply to The American Magazine, and ran under that name until 1956. During its long run, it came to be regarded as one of the most popular and successful of the "slicks," … Continue reading Crime & Detective in The American Magazine

Crime & Detective Fiction in The Saturday Evening Post

Some Significant Contributors¬†& Other Writers of Interest The long-running Saturday Evening Post, once the most popular magazine in the United States, got its start way back in 1821, offering something for everyone: news, history, politics, humour, science, medicine, music, cartoons, recipes and fiction. And yes, that includes crime fiction, going back at least as far … Continue reading Crime & Detective Fiction in The Saturday Evening Post

Gentlemen, Name Your Poison

Dabblers, Inhalers & Other¬†Substance-Abusing Eyes "Most of the time, sleuthing is not the most rewarding work. However, being a drug addict has its charms." -- New York eye Dick Shamus muses on his life Of course, substance abuse, particularly of the illegal variety, is nothing new for private detectives who, after all, came of age … Continue reading Gentlemen, Name Your Poison

Brad Lang’s Ten Favourite Detective, Hard-boiled & Noir Films

A Little Slice of Hardboiled Heaven Freelance writer, web designer and film buff Brad Lang is a sometime-contributor to this site, the author of the Crockett private eye series and the man behind both Hardboiled Heaven and Classic Movies.org. Back when this site was in its infancy, he generously offered us this list of his … Continue reading Brad Lang’s Ten Favourite Detective, Hard-boiled & Noir Films

Utah Eyes, and All That Jazz

This list could almost as easily be called Mormon eyes, I guess. There just aren't that many Utah eyes who aren't Mormons, or at least lapsed Mormons. So far, the only one I've stumbled across is Herringbone Tweede, who's about as WASPy as you can get. Jason Coulter by J.R. Levitt (Alta) Moroni Traveler, Jr. … Continue reading Utah Eyes, and All That Jazz

Mormon Eyes

This list could almost as easily be called Utah Eyes, I guess. Because a) there just aren't that many Utah gumshoes who aren't Mormons, or at least lapsed Mormons. b) there aren't that many Mormon eyes who aren't from Utah Although, judging from the high quality of the following eyes, I'm not complaining. Jason Coulter … Continue reading Mormon Eyes

My Bookshelf: One Night with Nora Blonde Ale

My Bookshelf One Night with Nora Blonde Ale Pulp Fiction You Can Drink? I shit thee not. I was bookhunting in Pasadena one fine sunny afternoon when, seeking shelter from all that damn sunshine, I stumbled across this local brew on the menu at some prefab watering hole on Colorado, just down the street from … Continue reading My Bookshelf: One Night with Nora Blonde Ale