Eugène-François Vidocq (Rest in Pieces)

Created (well, fictionalized, anyway) by Louis Bayard Yet another real-life historical figure to get the fictionalized treatment is VIDOCQ, the flamboyant French thief-turned-thieftaker who became one of the world's first and greatest detectives, his awesome arrest rate (or at least his colourful memoirs) inspiring Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and all their literary … Continue reading Eugène-François Vidocq (Rest in Pieces)

Humphrey Bogart (Rest in Pieces)

Fictionalized by John Stanley & Kenn Davis "Would you call yourself a character actor, Mr.Bogart?" "I better have character. Character is the only thing a man ever has." Okay, HUMPHREY BOGART is not a private eye. Or a writer of private eye stories. He was an actor, for cryin' out loud! And yet, has anyone else … Continue reading Humphrey Bogart (Rest in Pieces)

Raoul Whitfield (Rest in Pieces)

Fictionalized by Walter Satterthwait It says something about their status and the respect people still have for their work that anyone who bother to write a fictionalized account of the life of an author who's been dead for sixty or so yearsa Granted, RAOUL WHITFIELD (1986-1945) isn't as highly regarded--or even as well known--as Raymond Chandler … Continue reading Raoul Whitfield (Rest in Pieces)

Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Erle Stanley Gardner (The Black Mask Boys)

Created by William F. Nolan Pseudonyms include Frank Anmar, F. E. Edwards & Warren Kastel  (1928-2021) "All that talent -- and all that booze. A bad combination." -- Dashiell Hammett in The Black Mask MurdersTalk about resting in pieces. Of course, William F. Nolan didn't "create" Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, or Erle Stanley Gardner. They … Continue reading Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Erle Stanley Gardner (The Black Mask Boys)

Dashiell Hammett (Rest in Pieces)

Fictionalized by Joe Gores and others Joe Gores' fictional, but affectionate, take on former Pinkerton man DASHIELL HAMMETT, the creator of Sam Spade and The Continental Op, pushing aside the typewriter and getting "back on the game", as a favor for a pal. Set in San Francisco in 1928, it's part biography and part novel. … Continue reading Dashiell Hammett (Rest in Pieces)

Raymond Chandler (Rest in Pieces)

Fictionalized by Kim Cooper, William Denbow, John Stanley & Kenn Davis, Hiber Conteris, Gaylord Larsen, William F. Nolan & Roger L. Simon Such is the myth and cultural mojo surrounding Philip Marlowe and his creator that more than one author has taken a crack at fictionalizing Raymond Chandler, and putting him to work as a … Continue reading Raymond Chandler (Rest in Pieces)

Rest in Pieces

The Fictionalized Lives of Private Eye Writers & Other Folks "I don't care what anybody says about me as long as it isn't true." --Truman Capote The blurry line between detective story writer and detective was already old hat by the time Hammett came along, but that hasn't stopped other writers from ransacking the cherished … Continue reading Rest in Pieces

The Fictional Allan J. Pinkerton

Created (well, fictionalized, anyway) by Eric Lerner, Michael P. Spradlin and Daniel Stashower "Dainties and a gun. Oh, she was irresistible." -- Pinkerton's Secret by Eric Lerner Of course, more than one smart aleck in the back of the room will be tempted to suggest that most of what ALLAN J. PINKERTON wrote about his own … Continue reading The Fictional Allan J. Pinkerton