Joe Venice
Created by Jiro Kimura

JOE VENICE is a New York private eye with an office across the street from City Hall where, I guess, he can keep an eye out on the mayor. Just an ordinary "Joe," except that his mother was Japanese. He was born at an American military base in Sakai, just outside of Osaka, Japan but grew up in Oklahoma City near Route 66. He works for an agency called The Fred Browning Investigations (FBI. Get it?)

Joe's adventures have been rounded up in a 1994 collection, See Venice and Die, which drew praise from Lawrence Block (Joe Venice is a worthy heir to Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe. I think he and Matt Scudder would get along just fine!) and Edward D. Hoch (It's a pleasure to meet Joe Venice, a New York private eye who recalls the glory days of the old Black Mask magazine. This is hardboiled mystery the way we like it!).

Jiro Kimura, who hails from Kanazawa, Japan, is truly an "International Man of Mystery." He's also created a Japanese PI, Sachinosuke Terada, whose adventures appear in Japanese. Jiro has worked as a translator for over twenty years, and has been responsible for Japanese editions of books by Donald E. Westlake, Joseph Wambaugh , Roger L. Simon, Arthur Lyons, Mark Schorr, John Minahan , Gregory Mcdonald, Benjamin Schutz, Michael Collins, Bill Pronzini, Marcia Muller and a ton of others. He also reviews mystery fiction and reference books for Hayakawa's Mystery Magazine and EQMM. He's a member of MWA, PWA and MWJ (the Mystery Writers of Japan). He founded the Japanese chapter of the Maltese Falcon Society in 1982 and edited its newsletter, The Maltese Falcon Flyer, till 1988. Somehow, he also finds the time to run the excellent The Gumshoe Site.

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