Thomas B. Dewey

Pseudonyms include Tom Brandt and Cord Wainer (1915-81) This bio, taken from Brian Ritt's excellent Paperback Confidential, highlights the career of one of the true pioneers of the genre--Thomas B. Dewey, a man who bridged the gap between the Hammett/Chandler model and the more socially aware and compassionate eyes that followed, such as Lew Archer, … Continue reading Thomas B. Dewey

You’re a Mean Man with a Typewriter, Sister

The Hard-boiled Lady Writers of the Pulps The story goes that when big shot Hollywood director Howard Hawks finished reading Leigh Brackett's 1944 crime novel No Good From a Corpse, he was blown away by the snappy patter and the rock hard prose, and figured the writer might be just who he needed for his … Continue reading You’re a Mean Man with a Typewriter, Sister

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 (The PWA Lifetime Achievement Award)

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 PWA Lifetime Achievement Award)

David Dodge

(1910-1974) David Dodge was born in Berkeley, California. His career as a writer began when he made a bet with his wife Elva that he could write a better mystery novel than the one she was reading. He drew on his professional experience as a Certified Public Accountant to create his first series character, San … Continue reading David Dodge

Robert Leslie Bellem

Pseudonyms include John Archer, Reeves L. Black, Walter Bronson, Walt Bruce, Ellery Watson Calder, Harley L. Court, Rex Daly, John Grange, Allan Henry, Fred Horton, Jerome Hyams, Nelson Kent, Richard Lyle, Lee Martin, James W. Marvin, Hugh McKnight, R. L. Morris, Kenneth A. Nelson, Jerome Severs Perry, Ben Proctor, Frank Roberts, John A. Saxon, L. N. Snyder, Richard Lathrop Steed, Hamilton Washburn, L. W. Watson, Perry … Continue reading Robert Leslie Bellem

Frank Gruber

Pseudonyms include Stephen Acre, Charles K. Boston & John K. Vedder (1904-1969) One of the most successful of the pulp writers, Frank Gruber was born February 2, 1904, in Elmer, Minnesota and died December 9, 1969 in Santa Monica, California. But in those sixty-five years, Gruber became one of the most prolific writers of pulp … Continue reading Frank Gruber

Roger Torrey

Pseudonyms: Sam Drake, Samuel Drake, John Ryan, R.D. Torrey (1901-46)   Most readers of private detective fiction have probably never heard of pulp writer ROGER TORREY.  It‘s understandable, I guess. He wrote only one novel, 42 Days of Murder, and almost everything else he ever wrote has never been reprinted. And yet, over a relatively … Continue reading Roger Torrey

Ed Lacy

Pseudonym of Leonard S. Zinberg Other pseudonyms include Steve April, Russell Turner (1911-1968) Author Ed Lacy (born Leonard S. Zinberg) is best known for creating the first truly-credible black private eye, Toussaint Moore, in his 1956 novel Room to Swing, for which he won the Edgar for Best Novel. Lacy, in fact, was white, although … Continue reading Ed Lacy

Michael Avallone

Pseudonyms include Mike Avallone, Mile Avalione, Mike Avalone, Mark Dane, Steve Michaels, Edwina Noone, Priscilla Dalton, John Patrick, Jeanne-Anne dePre, Dorothea Nile, Sidney Stuart, Nick Carter, Troy Conway, Dora Highland, Stuart Jason, Vance Stanton, Max Walker, Lee Davis Willoughby (1925-1999) "The fastest typewriter in the East." "He could sure tell a story. He couldn't write, … Continue reading Michael Avallone