Scotland the Brave

Scottish Ayes Oz Blackstone by Matthew Reid, pseudonym of Quintin Jardine (Glasgow) Jack Bone by Iain Blair (Glasgow) Bogie (Francis F. Clunie) by Alan Grant and John Wagner (Glasgow) Sam Bryson by Russell McLean (Dundee) Lennox by Craig Russell (Glasgow) Nicky Mahoun by Clark Smith (Glasgow) J. McNee by Russell McLean (Dundee) Daniel Pike by … Continue reading Scotland the Brave

An Eye By Any Other Name Would Still Smell As Sweet

Official and Not-So-Official Occupations of Some Popular Eyes Not all private eyes call themselves that, but don't let them fool ya...these guys are eyes, in that they aren't officially law enforcement agents, but they are cops of some sort for hire, and work independantly. What it may say on their tax returns is irrelevant -- … Continue reading An Eye By Any Other Name Would Still Smell As Sweet

Amateur Hour

Official Occupations of Some Popular "Eyes by Accident" They're not really eyes, because their jobs don't naturally lead to them investigating crime, but call them what you will, these eyes by accident, these gifted amateurs with attitude are the real deal. BUILDING CONTRACTOR John Deal by Les Standiford SPORTS AGENT Myron Bolitar by Harlan Coben DENTIST … Continue reading Amateur Hour

Hello, I Must Be Going…

Great Moments of Unconsciousness "If it weren't for concussions I wouldn't get any sleep at all." -- Amos Walker in The Left-Handed Dollar. According to our resident medical expert, Dr. Lawrence R. (Dick) Tartow, M.D, "The most glaring, and still universal medical mistake in P.I. novels is the speed with which people recover from being … Continue reading Hello, I Must Be Going…

It’s Hammer Time!

Send-ups and Put-Downs of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer "I passed this kid sucking a lollipop. Don Brown dead, and him sucking a lollipop. I rammed it down his throat. I hate injustice." -- from "Don Brown's Body" by Jean Kerr As literary poobah Christopher La Farge pointed out in an article on the Mickey Spillane … Continue reading It’s Hammer Time!

The Five Most Realistic PIs In Fiction

According to Elizabeth Breck In October 2021, Elizabeth Breck, licensed private investigator and the author of the Madison Kelly private eye series,  wrote a short piece for CrimeReads  on the five fictional sleuths (and one special mention) who she thought did the job right. The choices surprised me at first, but she makes a solid case for … Continue reading The Five Most Realistic PIs In Fiction

Private Eyes and Their Hobbies

Now don't tell me there's nothing to do... Ever since Holmes picked up that violin, creators have attempted to saddle their detectives with hobbies, in an attempt to humanize them. Here are a few of the more famous pastimes attributed to various eyes: Philip Marlowe by Raymond Chandler Works on chess problems. Moses Wine by … Continue reading Private Eyes and Their Hobbies

Rocky Mountain Eyes

Sleuths, Bounty Hunters and Other Cowboys from Colorado, Montana, Wyoming & Idaho Nick Caine by Donald Zochert Ruby Dark by Bruce W. Most C.J. Floyd by Robert Greer Devlin Kirk by Rex Burns (Denver, Colorado) Johnny Lane by Dave Zeltserman (Denver, Colorado) Jacob Lomax by Michael Allegretto (Denver, Colorado) Milo Milodragovitch by James Crumley (Meriweather, Montana) … Continue reading Rocky Mountain Eyes

One-Short Wonders

The Private Eye, Briefly A Short Suspects List, Compiled by Martin Ross As a grade school wiseass and punching bag (related syndromes), I discovered the thrill of the mystery genre via the Ellery Queen story “Trojan Horse” from The New Adventures of Ellery Queen, which looked in 1968 like it hadn’t been touched since they’d … Continue reading One-Short Wonders

The Private Integers

Private Eyes You Can Count On... Any excuse for a list, right? Every now and then, we get an eye whose name we never learn. Like the Dashiell Hammett's Continental Op or Bill Pronzini's Nameless. And others were identified mostly--or only--by a number, particularly in the early days of the genre, when the detectives on … Continue reading The Private Integers