Tom O’Toole (Everybody Wins)

Created by Arthur Miller Everybody hated this film, except maybe me. In his first original screenplay since The Misfits way back in 1961, Arthur Miller (The Crucible, Death of a Salesman, etc.) tackled the private eye genre in 1990's moody, cynical Everybody Wins, starring Nick Nolte and Debra Winger. Nolte plays TOM O'TOOLE with a … Continue reading Tom O’Toole (Everybody Wins)

Harry Rigby

Created by Declan Burke "Cheers. Who the fuck are you?"-- Harry flashes some of his famous charm FUCKIN' A. HARRY RIGBY might not be a private eye per se, but he sure as hell acts like one. A particularly inept one from the detective pulps of the forties, maybe. But Harry drinks like a fish, … Continue reading Harry Rigby

Robyn McCall (The Equalizer)

Created by Michael Sloan & Richard LindheimDeveloped for television (2021) by Andrew W. Marlowe & Terri Edda Miller "Got a problem? Odds against you? I can help." All things being equal, the 20212 reboot of 1980's TV cult fave The Equalizer is a bit of a dud.  Not that my hopes were too high. The … Continue reading Robyn McCall (The Equalizer)

Happy Doll

Created by Jonathan Ames There’s nobody in the world Jonathan Ames likes writing about more than… Jonathan Ames?  "Jonathan Ames” has been his favourite subject in numerous semi-autobiographical articles and essays, collected in such books as What’s Not to Love?: The Adventures of a Mildly Perverted Young Writer and The Double Life is Twice as Good. "Jonathan … Continue reading Happy Doll

“Oh mama I got dem cosmic anthropomorphic P.I. blues again…”

Going to the dogs, the cats and worse Yeah, Chandler said "Down these mean streets a man must go." He never mentioned cats. Or hippos. Or horses. Or giraffes...The creators of the following eyes apparently didn't get the memo. But to tell the truth, the craze for anthropomorphic detectives is starting to smell a little … Continue reading “Oh mama I got dem cosmic anthropomorphic P.I. blues again…”

“Give the Woman Credit”

By John Swan Featuring John Swan Fall 2001 "Jezus H. How can she do that?" "Practice," Meg says matter-of-factly, watching the video monitor parked in a cracked bookshelf across from my desk. I'm warming the squeaky-wheeled chair behind the desk, my head cranked sidewise for the action on screen. "Yeah but still..." Meg's barely listening. She's … Continue reading “Give the Woman Credit”

Leonard Shelby (Memento)

Created by Jonathan Nolan Adapted for the screen by Christopher Nolan ''I can't make new memories.'' Seen Memento yet? It's a truly mind-blowing film that should get as much exposure as possible. The main character, LEONARD SHELBY, is (or at least was) a P.I. (well, actually, an insurance investigator). But I think this qualifies him … Continue reading Leonard Shelby (Memento)

The Dick of the Day

Are you dying for a detective? Pining for a P.I.?  Searching for a shamus? Gagging for a gumshoe? Everyday, we're going to scratch that itch for ya. Why? Because... we care August 4, 2021Byrd by B. Clay Moore & Steven GriffinAugust 3, 2021Tom Lopaka, Tracy Steele & Greg MacKenzie (Hawaiian Eye)August 2, 2021Percy Hand by … Continue reading The Dick of the Day

Jake & Malachy Doyle (The Republic of Doyle)

Created by Allan Hawco, Perry Chafe & Malcolm MacRury "Why are you such an arse, Jake Doyle?" -- the eternal question At last! The Rock gets some P.I. love! MALACHY and JAKE DOYLE are a father-and-son team of P.I.s working St. John's, Newfoundland in Republic of Doyle, an endearingly quirky television show that consistently delivered … Continue reading Jake & Malachy Doyle (The Republic of Doyle)

Best Detective Stories of the Year

Anthology Series, 1946-81 Originally published by E.P. Dutton & Company in 1946 to celebrate the "best" short crime stories of 1945, and edited by David C. Cooke, the very first volume set the tone for this long-running series, making it a point to not shy away from the darker side of the street. That original … Continue reading Best Detective Stories of the Year