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  1. The 2015 Shamus Awards
    The PWA has annouced the finalists for private eye works published in 2014. The awards will be presented at the PWA Banquet at Bouchercon 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina on Friday, October 9, 2015. It should be a blast!
  2. Bouchercon 2015
    The program schedule is up, and Peter Rozovsky will be moderating a couple of good panels, including one on Thursday, October 8 called "Beyond Hammett, Chandler, Spillane, and Macdonald," with Sarah Weinman discussing Elisabeth Sanxay Holding, Jordan Foster on Ted Lewis, Laura Lippman on someone or another, and some doofus with the pretentious monicker of Kevin Burton Smith waxing poetic about Norbert Davis. Hmmm... three former Montrealers. How bad could it be? With any luck, a hockey game will break out.
  3. Things Are Gonna POP! in Raleigh!
    Assuming it isn't rained out, that is.But Hell or high water,I'm going to do my best to get to Raleigh, because I am highly stoked. I'm on a great panel, I've never been to the South before and I have some news about an exciting project my wife, Diane (aka mystery writer Diana Killian,D.L. Browne, Josh Lanyon, etc.) and I are working on. And of course tales will be told, friendships renewed and new ones begun, and many many drinks will be consumed. D.L. can't make it this year (she's in Scotland), but I will be bringing (Shades of Scarface!) my little friend. That's him on this issue's special Bouchercon cover, courtesy of my friend Xander.
  4. New True Crime Issue of New Yorker Reader
    Be on the look out for the latest special edition of The New Yorker Reader, which focuses on True Crime. Subtitled new yorker reader true crime issue "Classic Tales of Murder, Mayhem and the Law," it boasts classic reprints by Truman Capote, Joan Didion, Calvin Trillin and Patrick Radden Keefe, among others, as well as plenty of great crime-related cartoons and a great pulp-style cover by Seth. Available at finer newsstands and apps everywhere.

  5. Where was I?
    Just in case anyone was wondering, I'm not dead (yet), but the site has been veering a little too close to room temperature lately, due to a lot of professional and personal stuff (some good, some bad) over the last few months. The result? An unexpected (and unannounced) hiatus. I think it's better now..

  6. Chandler to Get Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame?
    Adam Lerner and Bill Boyle have launched a fund-raising IndieGoGo campaign to get Raymond Chandler a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with the approval of the Chandler Estate and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. This would make Chandler the first writer (who is not also a director, producer, or animator) to get a star.

    They argue that "If there were no Raymond Chandler there would certainly be no Philip Marlowe and if there were no Philip Marlowe there would arguably be no Hollywood Noir or Hollywood Walk of Fame."

    I'm not sure if I buy all that argument, but if there's a writer who deserves that star, it's definitely Chandler. Let's help give him his due.

  7. Erle Stanley Gardner Made Perry Mason The World's Top Lawyer
    Fascinating piece on the James Patterson of his time (except he created better characters and he wrote all his own stuff) from an unlikely source: Investor's Business Daily.

  8. The Last Heartthrob
    For those of you itching for thrills on the installment plan, check out Bruce Cantwell's promising 12-part multi-media noir serial, which finds "information and security specialist" Walter Forbes realizing just how hard it is for a private eye to be private "in the age of Edward Snowden. Available free on Bruce's site and on Kindle.

  9. Coming to TV This Fall: Agatha Christie's Original P.I.s
    Okay, it's not exactly the mean streets, but the original husband-and-wife private eyes are coming back to the tube, in a new BBC mystery series starring David Walliams and Jessica Raine as Tommy and "Tuppence" Beresford, who run a small agency in post-WWI Britain, although I think they're moving the setting to the Cold War era. Nonetheless, it might be worth checking out -- it will be airing this fall on Acorn.

  10. The Lesbian Private Eye
    Our gal on the street, Megan Casey, who maintains The Goodreads Lesbian Mysteries Site and her own Art of the Lesbian Mystery web site,dishes up the dirt on the Sapphic Sleuth for us.

  11. Coen Bros. & George Clooney Do Mannix!
    Eddie Mannix, that is. But a comedy based on the legendary 1950s Hollywood fixer, also starring Tilda Swinton, Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson, Ralph Fiennes and 21 Jump Street buddies Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill just might be a lot of fun. Unfortunately, we're going to have to wait until February 2016 to see it.

  12. Thrilling Detective Finally Gets a Decent Search Engine
    I've been meaning to upgrade the search engine for this site for years, and now it's done. This isn't a limited search, or a hit-or-miss fishnet with holes big enough to drive a Buick through. Nope, it's a full-feldged search engine that works the way it's supposed to. Thank you, Mr. Google.

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