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  1. 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, 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.
  2. Let's Go to the Movies!
    There are two new flicks coming to the multiplex I'm dying to see, and while neither of them is exactly a P.I. film, they both come 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, and starring Harrison Ford as an ex-cop who know earns his keep as a sorta bounty hunter, tracking down and elimination 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 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.
  3. A New Hammett Story Surfaces!
    A reader of this site recently bought a box at auction that included a magazine with a Hammett story that he -- and I -- never heard of before--"The Glass That Laughed." It's in the November 1925 issue of True Police Stories, and it doesn't seem to be listed anywhere I could find. It apparently resembles a Edgar Allan Poe story, such as "Tell-Tale Heart," more than any of Hammett's hard-boiled detective stories, but this is exciting news for anyone who's a fan of Hammett's.
  4. 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!
  5. "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.
  6. 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...
  7. 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?
  8. A Two-Fisted Double Review by Ron DeSourdis
    Ron reviews The Detective & the Chinese High-Fin by Michael Craven and What You Break by Reed Farrel Coleman.
  9. Going to the Dogs
    Well, one of them, anyway. Presenting Marlowe, the Official Dog of the Thrilling Detective Web Site. Not only does he know where the bodies are buried, but he'll gladly dig them up for you.
  10. Mystery Weekly Magazine
    Yeah, it's called "Mystery Weekly" but Kerry and Chuck Carter's digital mag is published monthly, and presents "crime and mystery short stories by some of the world's best established and emerging mystery writers. The original stories we select for each issue run the gamut from cozy to hardboiled fiction." The monicker, I assume, comes from their free weekly samples, and of course that's the bait. They're hoping you'll love it so much that you'll subscribe to their monthly, printer-friendly PDF version. This digital mag is also available through Magzter, Amazon, Google Play & the App store, and via print. And writers take note-- they're always looking for submissions.

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