“The Gospel According to Gordon Black”

By Richard Helms Featuring Eamon Gold Fall 2007 Gordon Black was a short man with an intimidating stare. His hair and beard were completely white. He liked to accentuate his points by drawing circles in the air with his index fingers. “We are nothing but organic flotsam, bobbing in the infinite sea of life. Don't you … Continue reading “The Gospel According to Gordon Black”

Ned Beaumont (The Glass Key)

Created by Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) "I can stand anything I've got to stand." -- Ned Beaumont     Unlike Dashiell Hammett's other novel-length protagonists, Sam Spade, The Continental Op and Nick Charles, NED BEAUMONT is not a private eye--not even a retired one. He's a political hanger-on and fixer, a cigar-smoking, hard-drinking gambler with a … Continue reading Ned Beaumont (The Glass Key)

Al Delaney

Created by Thomas B. Black (1910-93) Battered and scarred AL DELANEY is an op for the Redman Detective Agency in Chancellor City (don't waste yot time looking it up--it's ficticious). When the boss, ol' Giles Redman himself, bites the big one and gets murdered in the first book, The Whitebird Murders (1946), Al (with the … Continue reading Al Delaney

Elliot & T.C. Cooper (Quick and Quiet)

Created by Bruce Kalish & Sam Bobrick "Being dead ain't easy..."--official tagline A reboot of a failed pilot from the previous year, Landon, Landon and Landon, Quick and Quiet aired on August 8th, 1981. It was CBS' second pilot to feature William Windom playing a dead private eye, but this time his name was THADDEUS CHARLES “T.C.” … Continue reading Elliot & T.C. Cooper (Quick and Quiet)

“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”

“Shot Back”

By Kieran Shea Featuring Andy Caruthers January 2009 “Surely it's not against the law to take pictures.” Georgia Warren was tall. Middle-hitter-volleyball-tall really, and gorgeous in an untouchable, wealthy sort of way. The words Barbie doll and blonde debutante bubbled to mind. My guess was some southern finishing school like Sweet Briar or Hollins, never … Continue reading “Shot Back”

“The Dybbuk Made Me Do It”

By Sarah Weinman Featuring Stuart Kovacs Fall 2006 Stuart Kovacs stumbled out of the movie theater, wondering how the hell he'd ever get back the two hours he'd just lost. He had a splitting headache and a long drive home. And he knew exactly who to blame. “I can't believe you made me watch that … Continue reading “The Dybbuk Made Me Do It”

“Out of Clay”

By Sarah Weinman Featuring Stuart Kovacs January 2006 Laura plopped the case file on his desk. "I think you'll really like this one, Stuart." "What makes you say that?" She smirked. "Trust me, you'll see." Stuart Kovacs opened the file and started to read, but only got three sentences in before the all-too-familiar feeling took … Continue reading “Out of Clay”

“A Hard-Boiled Christmas”

By Stephen Reid "I refuse to don this ridiculous costume.." Albert sucked in his belly and swelled up like a rooster.  "A saint I ain't, Mac. I am a highly regarded thespian." "You're a highly regarded has-been, is what you are, Albert. Now sit down and try those boots on." I had to pick the … Continue reading “A Hard-Boiled Christmas”

Uncle Tubby (Washington Blythe)

Created by Ray Cummings Pseudonyms include Ray King & Gabriel Wilson (1887-1957) He may have been best known for his "groundbreaking" science fiction work, but prolific Ray Cummings was a regular in the crime and detective pulps as well, popping up with a staggering frequency, it seemed. He was a mainstay in Popular Publications in … Continue reading Uncle Tubby (Washington Blythe)