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  1. The Rap Sheet: Favorite Crime Fiction of 2017, Part I
    It's the time of the year when everyone starts listing their "Best Of" picks for the year. Here are five of mine. A P.I. novel, an almost P.I. novel and a trio of excellent outliers.
  2. New Raymond Chandler Story Published!
    First Hammett, now Chandler. What else is out there? A recently discovered Raymond Chandler story is in the latest issue of The Strand. It's not a crime story, or at least not exactly-- it does, however, take a fierce swipe at a vast criminal conspiracy, namely the U.S. health care system. And it was written over fifty years ago!
  3. EXTRA! EXTRA! Read a Brand New Hammett Story!
    A previously undiscovered Hammett story,"The Glass That Laughed," in now available to read at Amazon for 99 cents (where you can also read about my bit part in its re-publication). Originally published in the November 1925 issue of , a short-lived pulp, the story was never listed in any bibliographies anywhere I could find, but it's the real deal, according to Richard Laymon, acclaimed Hammett scholar, and Julie M. Rivett, Hammett's granddaughter. I've read it, and it's a hoot, although not what you may be expecting from the hard-boiled master. More of an Edgar Allan Poe-type story like "Tell-Tale Heart" more than any of Hammett's hard-boiled detective stuff, but this is exciting news for anyone who's a fan of Hammett's. And if you're not a fan of Hammett's, get the hell off my lawn.True Police Stories
  4. They Had Legs and They Sure Knew How to Use 'Em...
    Pulp Covers wrote a thing about inter-war hosery as reflected in the pulp cover art, and tackles the buring question: fetish or fashion? You're welcome.
  5. The Return of Dirk Gently
    Well, we can't really say "return," I guess, because the late, great Douglas Adams' "holistic detective" just never quite goes away. He first appeared in a novel by Adams back in the eighties, but since then he's popped up in 1 1/2 more novels by Adams himself, as well as in radio, theatre, comic books and not one but two television adaptations. The second season of the BBCAmerica series begins October 14. Bring a towel, and be prepared for weirdness.
  6. Let's Go to the Movies!
    There are two new flicks coming to the multiplex this month I'm dying to see, and while neither of them is exactly a P.I. film, they both come well within spitting distance. First up is Blade Runner 2049, opening on October 6, the long-awaited follow-up to the iconic 1982 film by Ridley Scott, that starred Harrison Ford as an ex-cop who gets called back into service tracking down and eliminating rogue androids in a broken-down future Los Angeles. The sequel finds Ford missing in action for over thirty years, while Ryan Gosling plays a new blade runner, out to track down Ford, who may hold the key to a case he's working. Scott's back, of course, but as a producer -- hotshot Quebecois Denis Villeneuve will be handling the directing chores.
    Then, on October 27, the George Clooney-directed Suburbicon will hit the screen. A retooled Coen brothers project that never got made, it's be surrected by Clooney. It stars Matt Damon and Julianne Moore as a squeaky clean 1950s suburban couple who are the victims of a violent home invasion, and Oscar Isaacs as the suspicious insurance investigator who isn't buying it.
  7. Batman & Noir Alley!
    TCM's Noir Czar Eddie Muller and DC's Batman are together again for the first time in BATMAN: NOIR ALLEY, a special one-off freebie comic book available at your local comic bookstore September 20. Grab one quick, before they're all gone!
  8. "Liberation Struggle: Chester Himes' One-Man Movement"
    In-depth review by Thomas Chatterton Williams from August 2017 issue of Harper's, of Lawrence P. Jackson's 2017 bio, Chester Himes: A Biography, focussing not so much on Coffin Ed Johnson & Grave Digger Jones as on Himes' messy and complicated personal struggles, and how it affected his fiction.
  9. Danny and Harry: Private Detectives
    In this light-hearted new web comic, served up in easy-to-digest weekly installments, Danny's a cat and Harry's a seagull. Go figure...
  10. Jessica Jones and Luke Cage Go Pop!...Buy Jessica Jones...Buy Luke Cage
    Finally! The P.I./Funko barrier has been breached! After years of hoping the makers of those ever-so-collectable big-eyed vinyl figures would give us some shamus love, we're beginning to see some light with the release of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage figurines, both taken, not from the comics, but from the TV show versions streaming on Netflix. Hopefully, we'll soon start to see more TV-based P.I. figures soon. Rockford? Mannix? Peter Gunn? Veronica Mars?

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