Four Eyes

Twin Private Detectives Down these mean streets a split embryo must go... Terry and Kerry McAfee by Jennfer Colt Jerry (and Danny) Nelson by Howard Schoenfeld Tony and Shep Thomas by Robert Carrington, Robert Specht and Everett Chambers Respectfully compiled by Kevin Burton Smith.

The Hard-Boiled Dick

A Personal Checklist by James Sandoe Originally compiled in 1952 for his friend Arthur Lovell, a Chicago bookseller, and intended to be distributed exclusively as a gift to some of Lovell's close friends and a few select customers, JAMES SANDOE's suggested reading list of hard-boiled private eye novels that he personally deemed worthy has been reprinted (and … Continue reading The Hard-Boiled Dick

Father’s Day

Private Eyes and Their Dads "Well, Wilmer, I'm sorry indeed to lose you. But I want you to know I couldn't be fonder of you if you were my own son. But, well, if you lose a son, it's possible to get another. There's only one Maltese Falcon." Okay, it's just possible Kaspar Gutman wasn't … Continue reading Father’s Day

Great Cameos

Hey, Isn't That...? Stuart Kaminsky's 40s Hollywood eye Toby Peters runs into Raymond Chandler himself sitting around a fleabag lobby, soaking up atmosphere, in Murder on the Yellow Brick Road (1977). And Toby also gets gambling tips and a hangover cure from Ian Fleming in the same book. In Buried Caesars (1989), Toby teams up with ex-Pinkerton … Continue reading Great Cameos

My Scrapbook: James Garner on the Cover of TV Guide

James Garner as Jim Rockford TV Guide (June 2, 1979) One of the most popular actors in film and television for a couple of decades, James Garner naturally graced the cover of TV Guide numerous times--he was, after all, James Garner. He appeared as the star of Maverick and The Rockford Files, of course, but he … Continue reading My Scrapbook: James Garner on the Cover of TV Guide

The 2021 Shamus Awards

From the Private Eye Writers of America The finalists for the 2021 Shamus Awards, for works published in 2020. The winners head each category, and are in brown. The lists below are in alphabetical order by author. BEST PI HARDCOVER Blind Vigil by Matt Coyle (Rick Cahill) What You Don’t See by Tracy Clark (Cass Raines) Do No Harm by … Continue reading The 2021 Shamus Awards

Bounty Hunters

"Not your average nine-to-five job" "To be certain, bounty hunting isn't your average nine-to-five job. But then, I'm not your average guy. I've had guns pointed in my face so many times I've lost count. I've survived having the trigger pulled more than once or twice. I have been stabbed, scratched, beaten up, and hit … Continue reading Bounty Hunters

Vancouver & Beautiful British Columbia

Private Eyes of the West Coast Arthur Beauchamp by William Deverall (Garibaldi Island) Gene Castle by Jim Christy (1930's-era Vancouver) Donegal Dawn by Guy Morton (Vancouver) Michael Drayton by Sam Wiebe (Vancouver) Helen Keremos by Eve Zaremba (Vancouver) John Collins by Zale R. Dalens (Vancouver) Jack Elton by Robert Scott Leo Falloon by Brent Butt … Continue reading Vancouver & Beautiful British Columbia

My Scrapbook: That Double Vision Got the Best of Me

My Scrapbook "I'll Have a Double"   A long while back, Jeff Pierce, that rompin' stompin' international Man of Mystery and the head honcho over at The Rap Sheet, peeled the lid back on one of many nasty little truths of the publishing industry that nobody likes to admit: their covers often suck. Startling news, I … Continue reading My Scrapbook: That Double Vision Got the Best of Me

The Casting Ouch!

Unlikely Private Eyes (No, Really...) What the hell were they thinking? Sometimes you just have to scratch your head. Some people should just NOT play private eyes. Some of them shouldn't even act at all. And yet, all these people, more famous for other things or other roles, have been cast as private eyes. Some of … Continue reading The Casting Ouch!