The Big Reads
The Longest Private Eye
- The Detective by Roderick Thorp
This lengthy 1966 best-seller featured P.I. Joe Leland delving
deep into the psychological complexities of a myriad of characters,
including himself. Perhaps tellingly, the sequel, which was much
shorter (and a better book, IMHO), was titled Nothing Lasts
- The Nate Heller books by
Max Allan Collins
Because of the hybrid nature of the books -- historical novel
spliced with private eye mystery -- they are among the longest
private eye novels. In fact, Max has made the claim that Stolen
Away is the longest first-person private eye novel ever written.
Both these books are over 500 pages, which I think is a pretty
good mark to use. Can you think of any other P.I. books that check
in at over a cool half-grand page count? Anthologies, omnibus
editions and large-print (or Robert B. Parker) books don't count....
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