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  1. CB Strike Lands on These Shores
    Don't be a muggle! Catch the BBC adaptation of Robert Galbraith's bestselling P.I. trilogy, now screening on Cinemax, starring Tom Burke as bitter ex-vet private eye Cormoran Strike and Holliday Grainger as Robin Ellacott, his long-suffering Girl Friday. If the show's half as good as the books, it'll be about twice as good as most of the competition.
  2. Dave Brandstetter on TV?
    Don't get too excited, but Stephen McFeely & Christopher Markus (yeah, the Marvel Infinity War guys) have just nailed the option to Joseph Hansen's amazing Dave Brandstetter P.I. novels. They talk about it at around 2:00:00 on this episode of Kevin Smith's Fat Man on Batman (Thanks, Andrew). For those of you who ever wanted a solid P.I. series that owes more to Hammett than Chandler, check out this series. Yeah, Dave's gay, but oh, the writing! Taut, tight & terse. And grown-up hard-boiled as hell, without a speck of cereal."
  3. Spenser on TV?
    WHOA! According to Deadline Hollywood, Robert B. Parker's Beantown gumshoe Spenser is coming back to TV? In a pilot for a potential series on Netflix? And Mark Wahlberg is gonna play him? That definitely sounds promising. Unlike previous portrayals, Boston-bred Wahlberg actually looks like he's taken a punch or two in his life, and he just might be able to crack wise AND drop literary allusions without looking like he's passing a kidney stone. The plan is to adapt Ace Atkins' Wonderland, which doesn't bother me too much, given that Atkins is a true Parker disciple, and has miraculously kept the faith as he plows on with the series. More troublesome is that the producers plan on giving Spenser an unnecessary, bullshit back story nobody asked for. I mean, really? After 40 or so books, Spenser has to become an ex-con?
  4. Two Eyes by Harlan
    To mark the passing of one of one of the true greats, here are two eyes you may have missed: Jerry Killian and Big John Novak.

  5. A Long Time Running
    April 1, 2018 marks the twentieth anniversary of this site, and we've asked some friends to help us celebrate. Among those dropping off gifts or signing the ol' birthday card are Dave White, Bill Duncan, Victoria Esposito, Mark Krajnak, Ron DeSourdis, Josh Lanyon, Colleen Collins and Steven Gomez.
  6. New Raymond Chandler Story Published!
    First Hammett, now Chandler. What else is out there? A recently discovered Raymond Chandler story is in the latest issue of The Strand. It's not a crime story, or at least not exactly-- it does, however, take a fierce swipe at a vast criminal conspiracy, namely the U.S. health care system. And it was written over fifty years ago!
  7. EXTRA! EXTRA! Read a Brand New Hammett Story!
    A previously undiscovered Hammett story,"The Glass That Laughed," in now available to read at Amazon for 99 cents (where you can also read about my bit part in its re-publication). Originally published in the November 1925 issue of , a short-lived pulp, the story was never listed in any bibliographies anywhere I could find, but it's the real deal, according to Richard Laymon, acclaimed Hammett scholar, and Julie M. Rivett, Hammett's granddaughter. I've read it, and it's a hoot, although not what you may be expecting from the hard-boiled master. More of an Edgar Allan Poe-type story like "Tell-Tale Heart" more than any of Hammett's hard-boiled detective stuff, but this is exciting news for anyone who's a fan of Hammett's. And if you're not a fan of Hammett's, get the hell off my lawn.True Police Stories
  8. They Had Legs and They Sure Knew How to Use 'Em...
    Pulp Covers wrote a thing about inter-war hosery as reflected in the pulp cover art, and tackles the buring question: fetish or fashion? You're welcome.
  9. "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.

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