- Stuart Kaminsky's 40s Hollywood eye Toby Peters runs
into Raymond Chandler himself sitting around a fleabag
lobby, soaking up atmosphere, in Murder on the Yellow Brick Road. And Toby also gets gambling tips and a hangover cure
from Ian Fleming in the same book. In Buried Caesars,
he teams up with ex-Pinkerton Dashiell Hammett to solve a case,
although actually this is a bit more than a cameo. I'm not sure
if it qualifies for this list....
- Bill Pronzini's Nameless
detective meets (who else?) Bill Pronzini at a pulpwriter's
convention in Hoodwink.
- Joe Gores' Dan Kearney,
of DKA, encounters the Dick of Christmases Past in the form of
The Continental Op in the Christmas/ghost story "File 6: Beyond the Shadow."
- Donald Westlake's Dortmunder
novel Drowned Hopes (1990) evidently shares an entire
chapter in common with Joe Gores' DKA
novel Thirty-two Cadillacs (1992). Is that coool, or what?
- Fellow Detroit eye Amos Walker
pops up with a hot tip for Rob Kantner's Ben
Perkins in "Dynamite Park," a short story that first appeared in the December 1984 issue of MSMM.
- In Robert J. Randisi's Miles
Jacoby novel, The Steinway Collection (1982),
Jacoby runs into Michael Collins' Dan
Fortune in Bogie's Restaurant and asks him for some advice;
later he calls Bill Pronzini's Nameless
(referred to by the nickname "Wolf," as in "Lone
Wolf") for some info on pulp magazines, and later in the
same novel, Jacoby gets some help appraising a pulp magazine
collection from a gentleman named Stuart Kaminsky, creator of
the Toby Peters series
- Speaking of Bogie's Restaurant & Bar, not only does Miles Jacoby hang out there, but Warren Murphy's Devlin
"Trace" Tracy shares an office above it with
his dad, Sarge, and partner, Chico, in the later books of the
- In his one published appearance, Dave Garrity's Peter
Braid, is apparently a drinking buddy of fellow Big Apple
eye Mike Hammer, and confers
with Spillane's hero several times over the course of his Dragon
- And, getting really obscure... in the extremely pulpish short story, "The Piper's Tune," C.J. Henderson's Jack Hagee fights Middle-Eastern
desert bandits side-by-side with Bomber Brannigan, the bartender/ex-wrestler
sidekick of Wayne Dundee's Illinois hardcase, Joe
- In the second chapter of Swan Dive by Jeremiah Healy
(1988), John Francis Cuddy
takes an early-morning run along the Charles:
"Near a scullers' boathouse, I almost collided
with Robert Urich, practicing a firing stance with his .45 while
filming a Spenser For Hire sequence
- In Doubles (1978), by Bill Pronzini and Marcia Muller,
Pronzini's Nameless and
Muller's Sharon McCone team
up to crack a case after running into each other at a private
eye convention in San Diego. Brock
"The Rock" Callahan, Kinsey
Millhone and Miles Jacoby
- John Shannon's much-beleagured private eye Jack
Liffey stops by Gary Phillips' Ivan
Monk's doughnut place for a bit of advice, and a possible
lead, in The Cracked Earth (1999). Monk went on to appear
in bit parts regularly throughout the series.
- Jack Liffey also appears
briefly, but memorably, in Nathan Walpow's One Last Hit
- Michael Connelly's LAPD detective Harry
Bosch makes an un-billed but hardly-unrecognizable cameo in Robert Crais' The Last Detective (2003), featuring Elvis Cole. Connelly returns the
favor in Lost Light, when Harry, who's recently
quit the LAPD and gone private himself, spots his neighbor, a
certain LA private eye in a classic yellow 'Vette, and gives
him the "smooth sailing, brother" salute.
- In the 1993 theatrical release of The Beverly Hillbillies, Granny goes missing and a very worried Miss Jane turns to P.I. Barnaby Jones, amazingly still "private eying" at eighty-five, to look for her. A class act, having the original Jed pop up (Buddy Ebsen played the Hillbillies patriarch, Jed Clampett for years, before eventually returning to television to play Jones.)
- In Tangled June (1997), the final book in Neil Albert's series featuring Dave Garrett series, the Philadelphia P.I. needs some background work done in LA and contacts Les Roberts' writer and sometime gumshoe Saxon for help.
- At one point in Robert Crais' The Watchman (2007), Joe Pike, to avoid being spotted, exchanges his beloved red Jeep Cherokee for a Lexus owned by one of his employees. The Cherokee is promptly stolen by bank robber Max Holman in Crais' 2006 novel The Two Minute Rule.
Compiled by Kevin
Burton Smith. Entries contributed by Kevin
Burton Smith , Christopher
So, Kelly Levendor,
Jim Doherty and