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  1. With Smiling Bastards Lying to You Everywhere You Go
    The Miami Herald reports that the commemorative bronze plaque at the Bahia Mar Marina's Slip F18, where Fort Lauderdale's most famous resident, Travis McGee, once moored The Busted Flush, has been removed.
  2. The Little Sister.
    Barry Ergang clued me into this little animated gem, now available for viewing (hopefully) on YouTube. The creator, who put this together using elements of an old PC game (which was also based on Chandler's The Little Sister), admits "I don't own the copyrights to any of this material, and I cannot imagine who would." So, sure, the audio's sketchy in spots, its provenance is dubious and the story strays a little too much at times from the original, but what a ride! As Barry says "it seems to have been grafted over an old videogame, but some parts look like it was lifted from Scooby Doo, or possibly the graphic novel (but) definitely worth investigating." FanFic taken to a whole new level.(2015, Brooklyn Multimedia)
  3. Thrilling Detective Now Legal (in Québec)
    We just turned eighteen, which means this site can now legally drink in a bar in Québec.
  4. Aloha, Hawaiian Dick
    It's been way too long since we've had a visit from B. Clay Moore's slacker P.I. Byrd from Hawaii but he's back, in a brand new mini-series from Image Comics (April 2016)
  5. More Crime Comics!
    Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips returns to Criminal, their award-winning anthology series, with the 10th Anniversary Special #1. There's a standard edition, but the limited edition, over-sized special with the kung-fu werewolf on the cover (don't ask!) is the one to get. And the story? A heartbreaker.
  6. The Hollywood Ladies of Série noire
    ZUT! The Divine Ms. Sarah digs up two of my fave forgotten hard-boiled dames: MARTY HOLLAND & GERTRUDE WALKER for the LA Review of Books.
  7. Jack Irish: The TV Series!
    Good news! Looks like Acorn-TV is going to be streaming the all-new series starting in May, based on Peter Temple's award-winning P.I. novels. And yes, Guy Pearce will be returning as the trouble-bound Aussie eye, as will the rest of the cast The three made-for-TV movies were some of the best P.I. fare I've seen in years -- smart, gritty, well-acted and directed -- so I've got my hopes up high for this one.
  8. Shonda Rhimes' New P.I. Show: Not as Catchy As They'd Hoped
    The new Rhimes-helmed The Catch (not to be confused with the failed 2005 pilot with the same title) just aired its pilot episode in How to Get Away with Murder's timeslot. It follows the adventures of Alice Vaughan, a LA P.I. who's scammed by her fiancé (Peter Krause) out of her life savings. Based on a treatment from novelist Kate Atkinson (Case Histories).
  9. Hail, Caesar! The Coen Bros. Do Mannix!
    Eddie Mannix, that is. Josh Brolin stars as the notorious 1950s Hollywood fixer, on the hunt for a missing star (George Clooney), who's been kidnapped right in the middle of a big production. Also starring Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson, Ralph Fiennes and 21 Jump Street buddies Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. A wicked send up of the era and its films.
  10. A Quarry Query
    Hey,Cinemax! When is your show featuring Max Allan Collins' Vietnam vet-turned-hitman, Quarry, starring Logan Marshall-Green, coming out?
  11. The Nice Guys
    Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling in a detective thriller/comedy written and directed by Shane Black. Coming real soon.
  12. Speaking of Nice Guys
    Our pal Ron DeSourdis drops by to review Michael Connelly's new one, The Crossing, which has Bosch, now retired from the LAPD, reluctantly working as a P.I. for his half brother, Mickey Haller, aka "The Lincoln Lawyer."
  13. 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.
  14. We 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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