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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

Crime & Detective Fiction in The Saturday Evening Post

Some Significant Contributors & Other Writers of Interest The long-running Saturday Evening Post, once the most popular magazine in the United States, got its start way back in 1821, offering something for everyone: news, history, politics, humour, science, medicine, music, cartoons, recipes and fiction. And yes, that includes crime fiction, going back at least as far … Continue reading Crime & Detective Fiction in The Saturday Evening Post

Kat Dylan

Created by Chris Wieland Adding a little much-needed grit and ooomph to the middle grade reading level is KAT DYLAN, a smart, feisty 13-year-old girl detective. Kat and her kid brother Alec are the children of divorced parents (daddy's an LAPD homicide cop, mom's an Army nurse), but when Mom gets deployed, she and her … Continue reading Kat Dylan

Moses Wine

Created by Roger L. Simon (1943--) Back in 1973, when Roger Simon first introduced MOSES WINE in The Big Fix, just the fact that his laidback, long-haired Los Angeles-based private eye was Jewish and smoked pot was more than enough to shake up the genre. Now, he'd probably have to be a black, physically-challenged Rastafarian … Continue reading Moses Wine

Gentlemen, Name Your Poison

Dabblers, Inhalers & Other Substance-Abusing Eyes "Most of the time, sleuthing is not the most rewarding work. However, being a drug addict has its charms." -- New York eye Dick Shamus muses on his life Of course, substance abuse, particularly of the illegal variety, is nothing new for private detectives who, after all, came of age … Continue reading Gentlemen, Name Your Poison

Matt Singer & Jamal Wade

Created by Jack Polo "Sleuthin' ain't pretty." -- Matt warns a potential client Trouble may be their business, but it doesn't pay well enough for SoCal private detectives MATT SINGER and JAMAL WADE, so they come up with what they hope will be a slam dunk side hustle: real estate. But flogging McMansions in the … Continue reading Matt Singer & Jamal Wade

A Conversation About The Conversation

Sam Wiebe Introduces the 1974 Classic Slated to introduce The Conversation at the Vancouver Film Center before the pandemic, Canadian crime writer Sam Wiebe, the creator of private eyes  Dave Wakeland and Michael Drayton,  finally got to do it in April 2022. The screening was part of a free day of programming in memoriam for VIFF staff … Continue reading A Conversation About The Conversation

J.J. Starbuck

Created by Stephen J. Cannell (1941-2010) "I reckon a diamond is just a hunk of coal that stuck to the job." Did someone say Texas? Just in case anyone missed the point, TV's cornpone-spouting J.J. (JEROME JEREMIAH) STARBUCK (played by Dale Robertson) wears ten-gallon hats, cowboy boots and fancy western shirts, drives a flashy limo with … Continue reading J.J. Starbuck

Private Eyes by the Number

P.I.s in Men's Adventure Books     Ah, those Men's Adventure novels of the seventies and eighties! To an Anglo kid growing up in the early seventies in the woodsy Quebec boondocks where English-language books were few and far between, a bi-weekly visit to the Greenfield Park shopping centre always included popping into--with my parent's permission--Book … Continue reading Private Eyes by the Number

Tiny Ryder

Created by Tiny Boyle & Hank Nuwer Created by Tiny Boyle & Hank Nuwer Okay, he looks more like one of those fat, hairy yahoos storming the U.S. Capitol, or maybe a character from Charlie Daniel's "Uneasy Rider," but TINY RYDER was the hero of The Bounty Hunter, an unlikely series of Men's Adventure novels … Continue reading Tiny Ryder