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  1. Chandler Letters for Sale
    The Fine Books & Manuscripts department at Bonhams auction house is holding a very special auction, 'Voices of the 20th Century' on Tuesday, June 16, focusing on the political, scientific, and cultural outputs of the recent past, and of special interest to visitors of this site are a couple of letters (lots 94 and 95) written and signed by Raymond Chandler, including one where he slams fellow P.I. writer James M. Fox as "a classic bore." More details regarding the letters can be found here.
  2. 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.
  3. International Women's Day: Honoring Female Investigators
    Onr of our long-time pals (and a real-life P.I. herself), Colleen Collins of Writing PIs, compiled this great list of links to mark International Women's Day (March 8). As Colleen puts it, "This post isn't meant to be all-inclusive by any means, just a cross-section†of outstanding women, including their fictional counterparts, in the investigative field." There's everything from links to old Candy Matson radio shows to profiles of real-life lady dicks, so there's something for everyone!
  4. First Pics from Netflix's Upcoming Jessica Jones Show
    Call me a geeky fanboy, but I'm actually looking forward to Netflix's upcoming series featuring Marvel Comics's best-ever private eye. For a brief while, in the Brian Michael Bendix-scripted mini-series Alias, Jessica Jones was something else. Definitely in the Marvel universe, but not of it, she was an outsider, flawed, scared, vulnerable, cynical and tough. Whether they'll jettison all that good stuff and just slap her into Barbie spandex remains to be seen, but these first pics look promising.
  5. Shaft
    Dynamite Comics launches a new monthly comic, featuring the cat that won't cop out when there's danger all about. Dynamite Comics have recently inked a deal that will allow them to not only release original comics and graphic novels, but also new prose novels, as well as re-prints of all the existing Shaft novels. Can you dig it?Can you dig it?
  6. Serangoon Road
    For those of you with a Roku box or similar device, a new show makes its streaming debut this month on Acorn TV. The first HBO show from Asia, Serangoon Road features mismatched private eyes Sam Callaghan and Patricia Cheng working the tumultuous, politically charged mean streets of 1960s Singapore.
  7. Cold in July
    A wonderfully nasty little piece of violence, Texas style. It wowed 'em on the film festival circuit, and it's available for on DVD and streaming. It's based on the 1992 novel of the same name by Joe Lansdale, and stars Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard and Don Johnson as Jim Lee Luke, a shit-kicker P.I. (and hog farmer) who gets dragged into the madness.
  8. 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.
  9. So Long, Jimbo
    A spontaneous tribute from me, and "Remembering Rockford" by author Craig McDonald.
  10. Inherent Vice Coming Soon
    Hotshot filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's whack-a-doo P.I. novel Inherent Vice is set to make its debut at the New York Film Festival on October 4, followed by a limited theatrical release in December. Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson and Benicio Del Toro star.
  11. 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.
  12. The Fade Out
    Crime comic kingpins Ed Brubaker (words) and Sean Phillips (art), the same bad boys that brought you Criminal, Sleeper and Fatale, return to the crime beat with possibly their biggest and most ambitious chunk of noir yet. No vampires, no temporarily dead superheroes, no omnipotent beasts from the underworld -- just a sprawling multi-part saga of 1948 Hollywood (pretty much noir ground zero), revolving around a tortured writer, a doomed starlet, a studio head possibly off his rocker and, oh yes, his troubleshooting gun-for-hire who just may be in over his head.

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