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

Zut! Les Flics Privés

French Eyes Georges Asculape by Alexandre Valetti Francis Bayard by Jean des Marcenelles Jerome K. Jerome Bloche by Pierre Makyo, Serge Le Tendre & Alain Dodier (Paris) Nestor Burma by Leo Malet (Paris) B.F. Cage by Peter Israel Philippe Clerc by Patrick Raynal Félix by Maurice Tillieux Robert Flécheux by Alain Demouzon René Griffon by … Continue reading Zut! Les Flics Privés

Scotland the Brave

Scottish Ayes Oz Blackstone by Matthew Reid, pseudonym of Quintin Jardine (Glasgow) Jack Bone by Iain Blair (Glasgow) Bogie (Francis F. Clunie) by Alan Grant and John Wagner (Glasgow) Sam Bryson by Russell McLean (Dundee) Lennox by Craig Russell (Glasgow) Nicky Mahoun by Clark Smith (Glasgow) J. McNee by Russell McLean (Dundee) Daniel Pike by … Continue reading Scotland the Brave

An Eye By Any Other Name Would Still Smell As Sweet

Official and Not-So-Official Occupations of Some Popular Eyes Not all private eyes call themselves that, but don't let them fool ya...these guys are eyes, in that they aren't officially law enforcement agents, but they are cops of some sort for hire, and work independantly. What it may say on their tax returns is irrelevant -- … Continue reading An Eye By Any Other Name Would Still Smell As Sweet

Amateur Hour

Official Occupations of Some Popular "Eyes by Accident" They're not really eyes, because their jobs don't naturally lead to them investigating crime, but call them what you will, these eyes by accident, these gifted amateurs with attitude are the real deal. BUILDING CONTRACTOR John Deal by Les Standiford SPORTS AGENT Myron Bolitar by Harlan Coben DENTIST … Continue reading Amateur Hour

Hello, I Must Be Going…

Great Moments of Unconsciousness "If it weren't for concussions I wouldn't get any sleep at all." -- Amos Walker in The Left-Handed Dollar. According to our resident medical expert, Dr. Lawrence R. (Dick) Tartow, M.D, "The most glaring, and still universal medical mistake in P.I. novels is the speed with which people recover from being … Continue reading Hello, I Must Be Going…

It’s Hammer Time!

Send-ups and Put-Downs of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer "I passed this kid sucking a lollipop. Don Brown dead, and him sucking a lollipop. I rammed it down his throat. I hate injustice." -- from "Don Brown's Body" by Jean Kerr As literary poobah Christopher La Farge pointed out in an article on the Mickey Spillane … Continue reading It’s Hammer Time!

The Five Most Realistic PIs In Fiction

According to Elizabeth Breck In October 2021, Elizabeth Breck, licensed private investigator and the author of the Madison Kelly private eye series,  wrote a short piece for CrimeReads  on the five fictional sleuths (and one special mention) who she thought did the job right. The choices surprised me at first, but she makes a solid case for … Continue reading The Five Most Realistic PIs In Fiction