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"There are enough explosives in there to give Mount Rushmore a headache."
-- private eye John Marsh in The Resurrected,
a 1991 horror gore flick loosely
based on an H.P. Lovecraft story
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What's New in the P.I. World
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- Bouchercon 2014: Murder at the Beach
At long last, a Bouchercon within spitting distance! The Girl Detective herself, mystery author Diana Killian, and I will be attending Bouchercon 2014 in Long Beach, California from November 13-16, just a little ways down the road from our secret detective headquarters in Palmdale. I'll even be moderating a panel, entitled "P.I.s Coast to Coast" and I'll be grilling Rex Burns, Greg Herren, Thomas B. Sawyer and Cathi Stoler on how much location and regional flavour matters in a private eye novel. The answer? A lot! We're one of the very first panels listed in the programme, scheduled at some ungodly hour (who knew there was an eight-thirty in the morning, too?), but what the hell! Let's get the party started right. And if you want me in the meantime, I'll be in the bar...
- 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.
- So Long, Jimbo
A spontaneous tribute from me, and "Remembering Rockford" by author Craig McDonald.
- Inherent Vice to Debut at NYC Film Festival This Fall
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.
- 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.
- The Fade Out
Oh man, I'm licking my lips, just thinking about this one. 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. (August 2014)
- AMC Renews Breaking Bad Spinoff
The new show, Better Call Saul, which will feature slimeball New Mexico attorney Saul Goodman and his private eye/fixer Mike Ehrmantraut, has had its November 2014 premiere delayed until early next year. But the network has already ordered up a second season. Go figure.
- Joe Lansdale's Hap Collins and Leonard Pine Heading for Television?
Well, that's the rumour, anyway. But is television ready for Lansdale? Variety reports that SundanceTV is developing Hap and Leonard,a project based on Joe Lansdale's odd couple of best friends and trouble-prone Texas shitkickers. Jim Mickle and Nick Damici, who did the recent Cold in July with Michael C. Hall and Sam Shepard, will be adapting Lansdale's stories, with Mickle also directing.
- Cold in July
Keep an eye out for this nasty little piece of noir, currently wowing 'em on the film festival circuit. 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).
- Steve Allen The would-be renaissance man's one P.I. novel.
- Private Eyes Who Won't Stay Dead Even iff their creators are.
- Mike Enrmantraut Sure, the P.I. from Breaking Bad may kill you but he's got a good heart.
- Sophie Whitlock An endearingly DIY YouTube take on the BBC's Sherlock.
- Eyes on the No-Prize Private Eyes from the Marvel Universe
- The Twenty-Year Death It's three, three, three books in one.
- 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!
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