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 HALF-BROTHERS Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller by Michael Connelly FURTHER INVESTIGATION Four Eyes: Twin Private … 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

The Casting Ouch!

Unlikely Private Eyes (No, Really...) What the hell were they thinking? Sometimes you just have to scratch your head. Some people should just NOT play private eyes. Some of them shouldn't even act at all. And yet, all these people, more famous for other things or other roles, have been cast as private eyes. Some of … Continue reading The Casting Ouch!

Last Night I Shot a Private Eye in My Pajamas…

Groucho Marx, P.I.? Created by Mr. and Mrs. Marx Okay, I'll confess. I'm a big Marx Brothers fan. I remember stumbling into class Monday mornings in high school, all bleary eyed, for what seemed like an entire semester, because CBC-Montreal insisted on running Marx Brothers flicks on the late show every Sunday night. And to … Continue reading Last Night I Shot a Private Eye in My Pajamas…

Mystery Links: Collecting, Games & Other Diversions

Web Games, Mystery Parties, Stamps, Books, etc. GAMES ON THE WEB Detective riddles app With its mysterious atmosphere of criminal secrets, this android based game app is for those who want to dive into an exciting detective world! This game offers 120 unique riddles and 6 locations. More than 9 hours of gameplay. Mystery Game … Continue reading Mystery Links: Collecting, Games & Other Diversions

On the Con

Scam Artists: A Suggested Reading List Perhaps it's my own particular aversion to the "amateur" sleuth thing, but my appreciation for private eyes and other "professionals" may just have to do with competence. I mean, in the right mood, I can take unlikely amateurs rising to the occasion and grabbing the gold, saving the girl … Continue reading On the Con