“I Was Filled With a Sense of Loss and Longing.”

Chinatown Remembered By Fred Zackel June 20, 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Chinatown in the USA. It is the finest private eye story that never came from a book first. A clue to any town, any city, any culture, any nation, is the stories it tells about itself, what stories it appropriates … Continue reading “I Was Filled With a Sense of Loss and Longing.”

Cricket West

Created by Fred Zackel Former federal agent and current Las Vegas private eye Cricket West, a "broken nose blonde on the dark side of thirty," is reeling with "euphoria" after getting her second shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, in 2021's Drunk in Blood. "Lockdown was a bitch," is the way she puts it. But that feeling … Continue reading Cricket West

Frank Pasnow

Created by Frederick Zackel "Nothing good happens after three a.m...." In his one appearance to date, 2010's Tough Town Cold City, "young, handsome and burly" San Francisco detective ("a relatively ordinary private eye," according to his creator), FRANK PASNOW feels obliged to look into the savage murder of an old friend -- and to see that … Continue reading Frank Pasnow

Michael Brennen

Created by Fred Zackel "Playing detective is like being a gravedigger. There's always dirt to be dug up, people willing to pay to have it dug up. But what kind of a man wants to spend his life scrounging for human rot six feet underground?" -- Brennen in Cocaine and Blue Eyes Middle-aged San Francisco … Continue reading Michael Brennen