Forgotten Hammett: A Long Lost Interview

House Burglary Poor Trade By Helen Herbert Foster Fall-Winter 1929, The Brooklyn Eagle Magazine Of all the men embezzling from their employers with whom I have had contact, I can't remember a dozen who smoked, drank or had any of the vices in which bonding companies are so interested. Nor have I have ever known … Continue reading Forgotten Hammett: A Long Lost Interview

Super-Detective Library

    A kind of British cousin to Detective Comics, SUPER- DETECTIVE LIBRARY (aka "Super-Detective Picture Library") never strayed too far from its roots as an anthology of comic stories featuring detectives, even if it did occasionally feature stories of war, espionage, adventure, fantasy and even science fiction. The magazine was one of those popular British pocket-sized comic anthologies … Continue reading Super-Detective Library

The Hardboiled Era (1929-58)

A Checklist from Hardboiled America [This is the appendix to Hardboiled America, by Geoffrey O'Brien (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1981). It's a very good book on the topic, although much information on writers is now available that wasn't when it was written.] The following list is designed to show the hardboiled novel not as … Continue reading The Hardboiled Era (1929-58)

The Rara-Avis Blown Away List of Hard-Boiled Writers

As compiled by Mark Blumenthal In December 1999, as the millennium drew to a close, Mark Blumenthal posed this question to the members of Rara-Avis, at the time the world's premier hard-boiled crime fiction discussion list: "What established hard boiled authors have ever you read whose work so blew you away on first exposure that you … Continue reading The Rara-Avis Blown Away List of Hard-Boiled Writers

“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”

The Rara-Avis Top 100 Hard-Boiled Characters of the Twentieth Century (2002)

As Chosen by the Members of Rara-Avis Compliled by Joe Dante and Mark Blumenthal In March and April of 2002, the members of Rara-Avis, the web's premier disscussion group for all things hard-boiled, decided to poll its members on the The Top 100 Hard-Boiled Characters of the Twentieth Century. Readers were invited to submit their … Continue reading The Rara-Avis Top 100 Hard-Boiled Characters of the Twentieth Century (2002)

We’re Living In a Political World

Eyes Left Crime fiction, it's been argued, is about maintaining the status quo, and ensuring that those with the power continue to keep it--that crime is an anomaly, and that once it's rooted out, order is restored and all is right in the world. It therefore must have a conservative agenda. But more than one … Continue reading We’re Living In a Political World

My Scrapbook: The Dan Fortune Game

An Expansion for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine Game Ellery Queen, as the joint pseudonym of Frederic Dannay and Manfred Bennington Lee, is cool. The magazine? The countless collections? These guys are top notch, legendary--an undeniably major influence on not just the Shamus Game, but the whole mystery genre. But Ellery Queen, their erudite, educated amateur sleuth, … Continue reading My Scrapbook: The Dan Fortune Game