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"The name is Clem Snide -- I'm a Private Ass Hole -- I will take on any job any identity any body -- I will do anything difficult dangerous or downright dirty for a price..."
-- Clem Snide, William S. Burroughs' private eye,
introduces himself in The Soft Machine (1961)
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Tra-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-lah, Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen Here at Thrilling Detective Web Site World Headquarters, we're gearing up for our next issue, set to drop April 1st. We'll be marking sixteen years of going down those main streets, knocking on doors, taking down names, wasting our time (and yours). Contributions wanted: be they non-fiction articles, artwork, advertising banners (we'll be giving away free space for sixteen ads) or cold hard cash. Interested? Drop me a line, but be forewarned: I am a man, after all, who likes to talk to a man (or woman) who likes to talk.
Veronica Mars: The Movie
The Kickstarter success story finally drops March 8, with most of the original cast of the beloved cult classic returning, plus Jamie Lee Curtis, Justin Long (and maybe James Franco) tossed in for good measure. Veronica's shucked her Nancy Drew past, and is now a "big shot New York lawyer." But she returns to her hometown of Neptune, California - just in time for her high school reunion - to help her old flame Logan Echolls, who's a suspect in a murder case.
Keeping Up with the Business
Ronald Tierney, creator of two very fine P.I. series, one featuring semi-retired gumshoe (and Shamus-winning) Deets Shanahan and the other starring San Francisco treats Carly Paladino & Noah Lang, blogs on what he deems his essential sources for keeing up with the business of writing crime fiction. We're flattered to be included, and totally jazzed that he used our current cover to illustrate his post.
Sure, it's a little hokey at times, and even a little amateurish, but riter/actress Lauren Tess' homemade, grrl-empowered U-Tube take on the BBC's SHERLOCK is both clever and fun.
And the first P.I. Feature Film of 2014 is...Canadian?
Yep, looks that way. Comedian Brent Butt (Corner Gas) directs and stars in the P.I. spoof, No Clue, as mild-mannered novelty salesman Leo Falloon, who gets mistaken for, well, you know... Beauty, eh?
Al Kaff's Raymond Chandler Collection
A fascinating romp (with photos) through one man's Chandler obsession, featuring first American and first British editions, vintage paperbacks, foreign editions, magazine appearances, various reprints, limited editions, movie related items, reference works, bibliographies, student editions and some ephemera. Sadly, Al will not tell me when he plans to be out of town for a few days, or where he hides his spare key.
Uneek Mystery Author Miniatures
The real find -- at least for me -- in doing this year's Holiday Gift Guide for Mystery Scene was the discovery of Debbie Ritter's mystery author dolls (pictured above). Each of these little (4-5" high) buggers is hand-crafted from wire, wood and clay and features a hand-painted face and an appropriate book clutched in one hand. Raymond Chandler, for example, looks very much the geeky Anglophile, with his gray flannel trousers, black suit coat and checkered tie, sporting wire spectacles, and a copy of The Long Goodbye in his hand. Other figures, currently ready to ship, include James M. Cain, Elmore Leonard, Ian Fleming, Dashiell Hammett and even Agatha Christie. Even better, though, is that Debs will actually design a doll for you if she's hasn't already created one of your favourite authors. Tell her Kevin sent ya...
Pulp By Bookxy: Cut the Crap, Get the App
Want pulp, but you're getting damn tired of running down to the newsstand all the time, only to realize once again (D'oh!) that it's not 1938? You might want to consider the Bookxy app, which will delivers novellas full of the good stuff right to your tablet/smartphone/computer. How good is the stuff, you ask? How about novellas by folks like Eric Van Lustbader, Robert Ward, Stephen Hunter, Eric Beetner, Harley Jane Kozak and Gary Phillips? And don't worry that this is soon going to devolve into cheesy sci-fi fanfic -- the publishers are promising plenty of mystery, crime fiction, action-adventure and thrillers. They mean it, man -- and they're even got a subscription plan!
Chandler's Cameo in Double Indemnity
How did I miss this one? Some sharp-eyed palookas spotted this a few years ago, but somehow I completely missed it.
Black Mask Finally Goes Ebook!
The legendary pulp mag, first launched in April 1920 by H. L. Mencken and George Jean Nathan and gave us such authors as Dashiell Hammett, John Carroll Daly, Raymond Chandler, and Erle Stanley Gardner, is back, with individual stories and collections finally available as downloadable e-books. The first salvo includes stores by Norbert Davis, Paul Cain, Frederick Nebel and W.T. Ballard.
"The Peach Streaked Blouse"
I finally get another piece of fiction published, and it's not even a P.I. story! But hey, you've read this far, so please check out this little piece of nasty that I've had in my head for years. It finally sees the light of day in the latest issue of CrimeFactory, and has all sorts of fun stuff, like Montreal, domestic angst, violence and incorrect laundry techniques. What more could you want? And if that doesn't float your book, the issue also has a great interview with Aussie writer Peter Corris in it!
- Clem Snide Former P.I. William S. Burroughs' private eye.
- True Love, Neither Tranished nor Afraid: A Mash Note from Raymond Chandler
- Pierre Gauthier Cop from acclaimed Quebec TV series Omertà goes private for the big screen.
- Gregg EC comics legends Al Feldstein and Johnny Craig teamed up for this nasty little slice of 50s noir.
- Ruben Calderón Our man in Buenos Aires...
- Gene Parmesan In the ranks of TV private eyes, this cheese stands alone.
- Jill Fitzpatrick A dyke dick, for better or verse.
- The Hard-Boiled Detective It's the patter that matters.
- Ray Donovan Not exactly Father Knows Best.
- Yakov Semenovich Stern This Russian eye is on the books.
- Drew Parker The Gumshoe. Not The Witch, The Virtual Corpse or even The Gorilla.
- King & Maxwell David Baldacci's bestselling novels, coming soon to a TV screen near you.
- Van Trillo and Sam Suede Is the world ready for... dummy noir?
- Nyet, Nyet, Soviet Some Russian Eyes
- Coming Distractions Film & TV goodies you may have missed. Investigation pending.
- Michael McGill Like a cross between Michael Avallone & Hunter S. Thompson.
- Amy Gray The girl can't help it.
- Dan Banion This newsie coulda been a contender...
- The Pigeon This 1969 made-for-TV private eye flick starred... Sammy Davis Jr.
- Nat Lawson John McFetridge teases us with a P.I. short story set in Montreal in 1946,.
- Buck Schatz He survived a Nazi POW camp for this crap?
- Stryker McBride Lives on a boat called the Travis McGee. Subtle, eh?
- So It's Come to This The Film Geeks' Top Ten P.I. Films. James and Gustavo have spoken...
- Sam Pezzo Vittoria Giardino's Italian private eye has a way with B-O-L-O-G-N-A.
- Catherine Winter Linda Pendleton's LA eye.
- Stewart Mann Don Pendleton's pre-Executioner naughty gumshoe.
- Glenn Bowman Not hard-boiled; more like semi-boiled.
- It's Hammer Time! Send-ups and Put-Downs of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer
- Joey Fly Just an insect P.I. trying to make it in Bug City.
- James Pryce This hacker P.I. could give Lisbeth a run for her money when it comes to digital snooping -- and other nasty habits.
- Joe Goodey Another great P.I. you should know...
- The Complete List of MWA Anthologies Thanks, Abbey.
- Brenna Spector Unforgettability. Blessing or curse?
- Norm Carpenter & Al Hasp A born-again gumshoe and his doubting Thomas of a partner.
- Jonah Geller A Toronto P.I. who seems to want to be anywhere but home.
- Republic of Doyle At last! Newfoundland gets some P.I. love!