The Hammer

Winners of The PWA Hammer Award The Hammer, first presented in 2007, goes to the character, not the author, for his/her contribution to, and longevity in the field. It's named after Mike Hammer, of course, who certainly made his mark, and so far, thanks to Max Allan Collins, has shown no sign of leaving... 2007 … Continue reading The Hammer

The Eye

Winners of The PWA Lifetime Achievement Award The Eye, the Private Eye Writers of America's Lifetime Achievement award, was first presented in 1982. It isn't given out every year, but then again, they don't just bestow it on anyone... 1982Ross Macdonald 1983Mickey Spillane 1984William Campbell Gault 1985Howard Browne 1986Richard S. Prather 1987Bill Pronzini 1988Dennis Lynds, … Continue reading The Eye

Nordic Eyes

Swedish Dicks and Other Nordic Gumshoes I know, I know! I used to call this list "Scandanavian Eyes," but I've since been told again and again that Finland isn't REALLY part of Scandinavia (Thanks, Johanna! Thanks, Petri!), and that the proper term for that gaggle of north-bound nations that believe in health care, child care … Continue reading Nordic Eyes

All the World’s A Stage

Plays, Operas, Musicals & Other Theatrical Diversions      Some of these are played straight. Some of them are played for fun. And few too many of them simply used the clothes of the P.I. genre to dress up something else entirely--and not always successfully. Okay, this is, obviously all pretty new to me. If you … Continue reading All the World’s A Stage

O’Neil’s Big Easy Favourites

And Other Louisiana Eyes Award-winning author and former PWA Vice-Prez O'Neil De Noux is a former real-life police officer and private investigator. He writes all over the place, in numerous genres, but he currently also writes about New Orleans private eye Dino La Stanza and 1940s gumshoe Lucien Caye. Way back when this site first started, he kindly submitted a … Continue reading O’Neil’s Big Easy Favourites

Brothers in Arms

Fraternal Dicks Mike and Bob Brannagan (The Brothers Brannagan) by Wilbur Stark & Jerry Layton Jerry (and Danny) Nelson by Howard Schoenfeld Rick and A.J. Simon (Simon & Simon) Tony and Shep Thomas (Twin Detectives) by Robert Carrington, Robert Specht & Everett Chambers FURTHER INVESTIGATION Four Eyes: Twin Private Detectives A (very short) list of twin P.I.s. Respectfully … Continue reading Brothers in Arms

The Hard-Boiled Dick

A Personal Checklist by James Sandoe Originally compiled in 1952 for his friend Arthur Lovell, a Chicago bookseller, and intended to be distributed exclusively as a gift to some of Lovell's close friends and a few select customers, JAMES SANDOE's suggested reading list of hard-boiled private eye novels that he personally deemed worthy has been reprinted (and … Continue reading The Hard-Boiled Dick

Father’s Day

Private Eyes and Their Dads "Well, Wilmer, I'm sorry indeed to lose you. But I want you to know I couldn't be fonder of you if you were my own son. But, well, if you lose a son, it's possible to get another. There's only one Maltese Falcon." Okay, it's just possible Kaspar Gutman wasn't … Continue reading Father’s Day

Great Cameos

Hey, Isn't That...? Stuart Kaminsky's 40s Hollywood eye Toby Peters runs into Raymond Chandler himself sitting around a fleabag lobby, soaking up atmosphere, in Murder on the Yellow Brick Road (1977). And Toby also gets gambling tips and a hangover cure from Ian Fleming in the same book. In Buried Caesars (1989), Toby teams up with ex-Pinkerton … Continue reading Great Cameos

Bounty Hunters

"Not your average nine-to-five job" "To be certain, bounty hunting isn't your average nine-to-five job. But then, I'm not your average guy. I've had guns pointed in my face so many times I've lost count. I've survived having the trigger pulled more than once or twice. I have been stabbed, scratched, beaten up, and hit … Continue reading Bounty Hunters