C'mon Guys, It's Not THAT Hard...

It's all over but the crying. The 2003 Thrilling Detective Web Site P.I. Trivia contest has closed up its wagon and rode on out of here...


The winners of the prizes are as follows:
Ron DeSourdis from: Worcester, Massachusetts

Chris Gumprich from Winnipeg, Manitoba

Graham Powell from Fort Worth, Texas

Bryan Schingle from Thornton, Colorado

Jim Doherty from Chicago, Illinois

And the Miss Congeniality Award goes to:

Jim Winter, of Cincinnatti, Ohio

Evidently, a lot of you felt it was too tough, although Ron got a whopping nineteen out of a possible twenty.

The questions are below, if you'd like to see what all the fuss was about, and the questions AND answers are here.

I honestly don't know what the fuss was about -- most of the answers are right here on the site.



  • two ARCs of Sara Paretsky's controversial new V.I. Warshawski novel, Blacklist.
  • a copy of Hardbroiled, the hot new food-and-P.I. anthology, edited by Michael Bracken.
  • a copy of the Tequilia Sunrise collection, featuring hard-boiled eye Nathaniel Rose, by Michael Bracken.
  • two copies of Down These Wicked Streets, the P.I. anthology edited by D.L. Browne and Kevin Burton Smith, signed by the editors, suitable for reading or hand-to-hand combat...


1) Whose partner goes by the high-falutin' name of Dougal's Laird Carstairs?

2) Which eye wouldn't be caught dead without her beloved Magli pumps?

3) How much is Nero Wolfe usually said to weigh?

4) What private eye made a point of frequently dropping by Happy McMann's tobacco shop?

5) Who said "Do I have any more bullets in this here gun? Well, with all the confusion, what with being locked up in a refrigerator, I plum forgot what was in here to start with. But being that this is a forty-five Magnum, the most powerful handgun in existence, and it could blow your head clean off, you just got to ask yourself one question. Do you feel lucky today? Well, do you, punk?'"

6) How many people were murdered in Dashiell Hammett's novel The Maltese Falcon? Name him/her/them.

7) Who's the only actor to appear in films based on novels by Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Mickey Spillane?

8) Which private eye boasted an "action-packed expense account"?

9) Who hasn't played Philip Marlowe?
William Powell, James Garner, Danny Glover, Robert Mitchum or Powers Boothe?

10) Who runs a a one-man agency out of Cincinatti's Riorley Building?

11) Who are Santa Teresa's two most famous private eyes?

12) "Go after the big boys. Oh, don't arrest them, don't treat them to the dignity of the democratic process of courts and law... "
No, it's not a quote from the Patriot Act, it's the gospel according to who?

13) What fictional private eye's sons are Frank and Joe?

14) Which private eye, mourning the murder of his cop buddy, went into a bar, bought a bottle of tequila, and told the bartender, "In case any of your friends come in, let 'em have a drink on Manny Quinlan..."

15) What hard-to-miss swinging dick tooled around Tinsel Town in a canary yellow 1941 Caddy convertible?

16) What P.I. used to tend bar at The Spot in Washington, D.C.?

17) In what novel is a would-be eye named Blue hired by White to spy on Black who lives on Orange Street (and is spying on someone else)? And please name the author.

18) In Dashiell Hammett's novel, The Thin Man, what was the name of the thin man's wife?

19) Which TV eye's theme song was written and performed by Randy Newman?

20) In "The Pencil" by Raymond Chandler, what is "almost as crooked" as Los Angeles?


See? That wasn't too bad, was it?

What? You didn't get 'em all? Well, here are the answers, and a few additional comments.

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