Noah Lang & Carly Paladino

Created by Ronald Tierney (1944-2017)

In Death in Pacific Heights (2009), we're introduced to San Francisco private eye CARLY PALADINO chucks her gig at a large security agency to strike out on her own and sets up office space with fellow gumshoe NOAH LANG, a rough-and-tumble small-timer who's a far cry from her previous employers. And a little confused about his feelings towards his gender-switching Vietnamese pal, Tranh.

Since then, there have been a couple of sequels, Death in North Beach (2010) and Death in the Haights (2012), and even a novella that serves as a sort of ballsy, standalone prequel set back in the nineties, Mascara: Death in the Tenderloin (2011), back when Noah was working solo, and not doing very well. And then he picks up a girl in a bar, except, well, she's not exactly a girl...

Given the writing muscle of the author, Ronald Tierney, who's also given us the long-running and acclaimed series about septuagenarian shamus Deets Shanahan, it looks like the start of a beautiful friendship.


I was fortunate to correspond with Ron several times over the last few years, at first just about books, but later about other things, including films, politics and writing, and while I'd never say we were "friend-friends," I always felt better seeing his name pop up in my inbox. It's probably fitting that his last two books, which featured reluctant P.I. Peter Strand, were part of Orca's Rapid Reads program, which publishes books for "adults who struggle with literacy." Ronald gave so much to folks; this was like a parting gift. The man was just a stand-up guy. I'm sorry he's gone.




A great blog, particularly when Tierney suggests weekly crime film double features, and the drinks to match.

Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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