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- Thrilling Detective Now Legal (in Québec)
We just turned eighteen, which means this site can now legally drink in a bar in Québec.
- 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)
- 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. Also includes articles, illustrations, and behind-the-scenes extras.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Return of Ed Loy
After six years, one of my favourite gumshoes, Declan Hughes' Dublin P.I. Ed Loy returns, in a short story in the March/April issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.
- 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).
- 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.
- Two New Shows Worth Investigating
In the feast-or-famine world of crime TV, you can definitely mark down early 2016 as "feast," as two shows based on books by two of my favourite writers make their debut. Over on Cinemax, Max Allan Collins' Vietnam vet-turned-hitman is brought to the boob tube in Quarry, starring Logan Marshall-Green, for an eight-episode run, while over at Sundance, James Purfoy and Michael Kenneth Williams are set to rip it up as Joe R. Lansdale's trouble-bound Texas odd couple Hap and Leonard.
- The Nice Guys
Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling in a detective thriller/comedy written and directed by Shane Black. Coming this summer.
- 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."
- Jessica Jones Goes Live on NetFlix!
Now that The Good Wife's Kalinda has dropped off the face of the earth, where are TV viewers starved for a kickass female P.I. gonna get their fix? The answer, it seems, is NetFlix'Jessica Jones, based on the Marvel comic by Brian Michael Bendis which imagines the life of a disgraced (and not very good) superhero, trying to make a go of it as a private investigator in New York City. Krysten Ritter nails the surprisingly gritty and downbeat vibe -- or at least it's a surprise to anyone who didn't see NetFlix'similar two-fisted take on Daredevil last spring.
- 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.
- 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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