Death is Not the End (The Long, Long Goodbye)

Private Eyes Who Just Won't Stay Dead (Even If Their Creators Are) "No question about it. Once you die, you really start losing control of things." --Mike Hammer in Murder, My Love (2019), by Mickey Spillane & Max Allan Collins That whirring sound coming from the mystery section of the local cemetery these days? It … Continue reading Death is Not the End (The Long, Long Goodbye)

Hercule Poirot

Created by Agatha Christie (1890-1976) "My name is Hercule Poirot. I am probably the greatest detective in the world." (modest bastard, isn't he?) Yes, yes, yes, HERCULE POIROT was so a private detective. No, he was not hard-boiled. He wasn't some rye-guzzling brute in a trenchcoat and fedora, with an eye for the ladies, a … Continue reading Hercule Poirot

Lisbeth Salander Returns to Comics!

The Girl in the Spider’s Web, based on David Lagercrantz’s continuation of the Larsson novel trilogy, is coming out in November. But why wait? This August, our pals at Hard Case Crime, in conjunction with Titan Comics, will give us a whole new Lisbeth Salander adventure, featuring everybody's favorite woke psycho. when they unleash The Girl Who … Continue reading Lisbeth Salander Returns to Comics!

Lisbeth Salander & Mikael Blomkvist

Created by Stieg Larsson "People always have secrets. It's just a matter of finding out what they are." -- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Journalist MIKAEL BLOMKVIST and computer hacker LISBETH SALANDER are the mismatched detective duo who appear in a series of internationally acclaimed, posthumously published thrillers by Swedish author Stieg Larsson. The … Continue reading Lisbeth Salander & Mikael Blomkvist

Everybody Loves Raymond

Chandler, that is. This month, for no apparent reason beyond, perhaps, marking his 130 birthday today (July 23), two new books are being published. One, The Annotated Big Sleep (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, $25.00), celebrates the past, placing the 1939 novel (which introduced us to Los Angles private eye Philip Marlowe) on a pedestal, and then douses … Continue reading Everybody Loves Raymond

Philip Marlowe

Created by Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) “If I wasn't hard, I wouldn't be alive. If I couldn't ever be gentle, I wouldn't deserve to be alive.” -- Playback “It was about eleven o’clock in the morning, mid October, with the sun not shining and a look of hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills. … Continue reading Philip Marlowe