Top Ten Private Eye Shows

As chosen by Max Allan Collins and John Javna In their 1988 book, The Best of Crime & Detective TV, Collins and Javna served up an articulate, passionate, opinionated and often hilarious salute to crime and detective TV, including sections on cop shows, lawyer shows and more. And yes, a section on private eyes. They … Continue reading Top Ten Private Eye Shows

Blake Edwards’ Private Eyes

And Other Miscreants... Like his contemporary Roy Huggins, Blake Edwards must have had a real jones for the Shamus Game. Along with his genuine successes (everything from Richard Diamond and Peter Gunn to 10, S.O.B. and the Pink Panther movies), Edwards wrote, directed and/or produced several radio shows, films (both for television and the big … Continue reading Blake Edwards’ Private Eyes

The 14 Best Private Eye Novels Of All Time

The April 2012 P.I. Poll Results To mark this site's fourteenth anniversary, I asked readers to compile a list of their fourteen favourite private eyes. The results, as of 12:01 AM, PST, April 1st, 2012, when we closed the poll, are: THE FOURTEEN     In descending order... The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett (Sam … Continue reading The 14 Best Private Eye Novels Of All Time

Saturday-Night Theatre

  Radio Anthology Series (1943-96, BBC 4) Saturday-Night Theatre was a weekly radio show on BBC Radio 4 that ran feature-length, standalone dramatizations on Saturday nights for over 50 years, dishing up plenty of crowd-pleasing thrillers, comedies and mysteries, with the usual Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes offerings. The plays—usually 90 minutes long--included stage plays, book … Continue reading Saturday-Night Theatre

They Come From Lands Down Under

Eyes at Work in Australia, Tasmania and New Zealan AUSTRALIA Benjamin Bartholomew by Kel Richards Cassidy Blair by Kirsty Brooks Rosie Bosansky by A.E. Martin Richard Browning by Peter Corris Sam Chauvel by Scott Bywater Grant Colwyn by Arthur J. Rees Ted Conkaffey & Amanda Pharrell by Candice Fox (Queensland) Denis Delaney by Bant Singer … Continue reading They Come From Lands Down Under

Robert Randisi’s Survey of Your Favorite P.I.s (Spring 1997)

From rec.arts.mystery Robert Randisi, founder of The Private Eye Writers of America, not to mention the creator of such popular gumshoes as Miles Jacoby, Henry Po and Nick Delvecchio, took it upon himself to survey the popularity of various P.I.’s in the spring of 1997, via the newsgroup rec.arts.mystery--about a year before I decided to … Continue reading Robert Randisi’s Survey of Your Favorite P.I.s (Spring 1997)

Even a Shamus Could Be a Shamus

Some Nice Jewish Eyes Moses Wine by Roger Simon Dave Brodsky by Jay Tarses Benny Cooperman by Howard Engel Stuart Kovacs by Sarah Weinman “Silky" Pincus by Leo Rosten Joe Posner by Jeremy Pikser Moe Prager by Reed Farrel Coleman Lenny Schneider by Ed Goldberg Kaiser Lupowitz by Woody Allen Respectfully compiled by Kevin Burton … Continue reading Even a Shamus Could Be a Shamus

What Were Once Vices…

Notable Gay and Lesbian Eyes Sam Spade seemed to take some genuine pleasure in belittling and slapping around both Wilmer (that gunsel!) and Joel Cairo in The Maltese Falcon, but homosexuals (and transsexuals) have already been treated more or less the same way in the genre for decades--and would continue to be so for decades … Continue reading What Were Once Vices…

Ontari-ari-ari-o Eyes

Eyes from Canada's Second Largest Province Ontario Benny Cooperman by Howard Engel (Grantham, a thinly disguised St. Catharines) Joe Garrett by Alison Bruce Max Dexter by Chris Laing Kate Garrett & Jake Carmedy by Alison Bruce Terry Lane from Taking the Falls (Niagara Falls) D.B. Murphy by Richard J. Thomas (Owen Sound) John Swan by … Continue reading Ontari-ari-ari-o Eyes

Crime & Detective in The American Magazine

Some Significant Contributors & Other Writers of Interest The American Illustrated Magazine began publishing in September 1905 and in June 1906 shortened its name simply to The American Magazine, and ran under that name until 1956. During its long run, it came to be regarded as one of the most popular and successful of the "slicks," … Continue reading Crime & Detective in The American Magazine