Jack Wade

Created by Don Winslow "As a fire investigator, Bentley makes a good fisherman." --not everyone's as good as Jack... To be honest, Don Winslow's standalone California Fire and Life (1999), featuring JACK WADE, a disgraced cop/slacker surfer dude/hotdog insurance claims adjuster specializing in arson, just blew me away. It's a dizzying, circular ride that begins and … Continue reading Jack Wade

Boone Daniels

Created by Don Winslow They call it "surf noir." They call it "surf western." One critic even tagged Winslow as the "unlikely bastard child of Brian Wilson and Raymond Chandler"... All I know is that Don Winslow's BOONE DANIELS (and give Winslow a high five for that monicker) is one righteous San Diego private eye. … Continue reading Boone Daniels

Neal Carey

Created by Don Winslow (1953--) NEAL CAREY is a New York street kid turned bookworm and reluctant sometime-P.I. Living on his own after the death of his mother, Neal wasn't exactly raised by wolves, but it was close. The young street rat was apprehended by one Joe Graham when he tried to pick Joe's pocket. … Continue reading Neal Carey

Props & Peeves II

More Private Eye Stories from A Real-Life P.I. By Colleen Collins I’m a real-life P.I. who loves reading stories featuring my fictional counterparts. Seven years ago, I wrote the article “Props & Peeves! Private Eye Stories from a Real-Life P.I.” for the Thrilling Detective. At the time, I’d twice been a judge for the Private … Continue reading Props & Peeves II