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”

Twenty-One Private Eye Classics

From The Reader's Guide to the Private Eye Novel  by Gary Warren Niebuhr Compiled by Gary Warren Niebuhr, one of the true experts in the genre and a guy at least as obsessed as I am about all things P.I., The Reader's Guide to the Private Eye Novel (1993), is a whopper of a book, and an … Continue reading Twenty-One Private Eye Classics

Nordic Eyes

Swedish Dicks and Other Nordic Gumshoes I know, I know! I used to call this list "Scandanavian Eyes," but I've since been told again and again that Finland isn't REALLY part of Scandinavia (Thanks, Johanna! Thanks, Petri!), and that the proper term for that gaggle of north-bound nations that believe in health care, child care … Continue reading Nordic Eyes

Murder in the Library: Comics

What? You thought I made this all up, or cut-and-pasted it all from Wikipedia? Nope. Here are the books that inspired me to create this site, and the books I've used to cobble it together over the years, as well as the ones I've discovered along the way, broken down into various categories. If you … Continue reading Murder in the Library: Comics

They Also Served: Norman Saunders

Artist & Illustrator(1907-89)   One of the most successful pulp artists of the century (and BOY! Could he do babes!), NORMAN SAUNDERS moved effortlessly from the pulps to paperback illustration. He was born in Minnesota, and took a mail-order art course, which eventually landed him a job at Fawcett Publications from 1928 to 1934. But he … Continue reading They Also Served: Norman Saunders

All the World’s A Stage

Plays, Operas, Musicals & Other Theatrical Diversions      Some of these are played straight. Some of them are played for fun. And few too many of them simply used the clothes of the P.I. genre to dress up something else entirely--and not always successfully. Okay, this is, obviously all pretty new to me. If you … Continue reading All the World’s A Stage

O’Neil’s Big Easy Favourites

And Other Louisiana Eyes Award-winning author and former PWA Vice-Prez O'Neil De Noux is a former real-life police officer and private investigator. He writes all over the place, in numerous genres, but he currently also writes about New Orleans private eye Dino La Stanza and 1940s gumshoe Lucien Caye. Way back when this site first started, he kindly submitted a … Continue reading O’Neil’s Big Easy Favourites