Tips of the Fedora
- In The Straight
Man by Roger L. Simon, P.I. Moses
Wine passes himself off as detective writer Robert B.
- Speaking of Parker, David Edgerly Gates has tipped his fedora
to Spenser and Hawk in at
least two short stories featuring Boston P.I.s Frank
Thibault and Buddy Margolies,
as well as a nod to George Higgins
- In Lawrence Block's short story "Keller in Shining Armor",
included in Hitman (1998), his hired assassin Keller
goes to Muscatine, Iowa to do a job and ends up on the same block
where Max Allan Collins lives. Collins, of course, created the
character of Quarry, the
first series to be based on the exploits of a hired killer (if
you don't count James Bond, I guess).
- In Murder On The Yellow Brick Road, Stuart Kaminsky's
Hollywood eye Toby Peters
spots a well-dressed guy in a flophouse lobby who later tails
him. Turns out it's Raymond Chandler,
doing research, soaking up some atmosphere. Toby tells him he's
never heard of him.
- Dashiell Hammett also showed
up in Kaminsky's Buried Caesers, another of the Toby Peters
- Bill Crider's Houston-based TRUMAN SMITH has an ornery
old orange tomcat he calls Nameless.
Now, it's either a nice little tip of the hat to Bill Pronzini,
or he couldn't think of a name for the damn thing (which is actually
Pronzini's excuse for never naming his eye).
- In Chapter 17 of John Lutz's Tropical Heat, Florida
eye Fred Carver and date
visit a diner: "Carver took a bite of his pan-fried steak.
He understood why the special was popular at The Flame, and why
he'd never be a gourmet like a P.I. he'd met in Boston."
(Gee, I wonder who he's referring to?)
- In one of Benjamin Schutz's Leo
Haggerty novels Mexico Is Forever, the big DC
security agency that Haggerty manages needs something looked
into in the Bay Area, so Haggerty contacts Dan
Kearney at San Francisco's own DKA to look into it for
- In a Sam Spade radio
episode called "The Khandi Toothe Caper," Spade
calls a colleague in LA to check on a lead. The colleague is
none other than "Phil"
Marlowe, and the actor who plays Marlowe in this brief
sequence is Robert Montgomery, one of the "Gang of Four"
who portrayed Chandler's detective on film during the 1940's.
For the flip side, see also Thumbs
of the Nose.
List compiled by Kevin
Burton Smith. Thanks to Gerald
So, Jim Doherty
and Gene for their