Items tagged with Private Eyes

Restless in the Grave

Posted by on Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 - 9:36 AM

restless in the grave coverRestless in the Grave. As WestportREADS winds down, surely a title that would be appropriate for Amelia Earhart

It is a book about a plane crash, but the aviation entrepreneur involved is a fictional character.

Aleut P.I. Kate Shugak and Alaskan state trooper Liam Campbell, appear together in a Dana Stabenow mystery for the first time—a special treat for fans—when they become involved in a case after Finn Grant dies in the fiery crash of his Piper Super more

Building your "street cred"

Posted by on Tuesday, Nov 22, 2011 - 9:58 AM

Nelson George, who has been called "The most accomplished Black music critic of his generation,” has written a novel set in the realm of hip hop called The Plot against Hip Hop.

He certainly has the “street cred” for it—he is the author of several award-winning non-fiction books on the subject and is the executive producer of VH1's long-running Hip Hop Honors broadcast.

His protagonist, bodyguard and security expert D (just D) Hunter, must also play PI to investigate the murder of his mentor, respected music critic Dwayne Robinson, whose killing has been dismissed by the NYPD as a gang more


Posted by on Friday, Sep 30, 2011 - 9:56 AM

Readers who would ordinarily pull up their noses at the usual canine and feline mysteries find much to enjoy in Spencer Quinn’s NY Times best-selling Chet & Bernie mysteries.

Chet (a dog) and Bernie Little (a P.I.) have been called “the coolest human/pooch duo this side of Wallace and Gromit.”read more

Cultural hunger

Posted by on Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011 - 10:39 AM

ghost hero cover“What crime writers are doing connects deeper into a cultural hunger.  Crime is important. When you  open up a book that has a body that’s dead, that’s important.  It matters more than a certain level of suburban angst, it really does.”—S. J. Rozan

Rozan is truly in a class by herself among crime fiction writers.

Her forthcoming book, Ghost Hero, is the 11th in the Lydia Chin/Bill Smith series. The PI partners are hired by an art collector to get to the bottom of rumors that new works by the late Chau Chun (aka Ghost Hero Chau) who died 20 years earlier during the Tiananmen Square uprising have somehow surfaced. read more

Goodbye, Norma Jean

Posted by on Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011 - 8:29 AM

bye bye baby coverIt's 1962, and Twentieth Century Fox is threatening to fire Marilyn Monroe.

She hires Nathan Heller, private eye to the stars, to tap her phone so she will have a record of their calls in case they take her to court.

But when Heller starts listening in, he uncovers far nastier conversations. It appears that the CIA, the FBI, the Mafia—even the Russians—are focused on Marilyn.

Not long after, she winds up dead of an apparent overdose and as Heller investigates the many men who might be responsible for her death, he realizes that what has become his most challenging assignment may also be the end of more

The wise detective

Posted by on Friday, Aug 5, 2011 - 8:13 AM

city of the dead coverLooking for a new and exciting female protagonist with a tattoo?

Meet Brooklyn born and bred Claire DeWitt, the creation of Sara Gran and the star of Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead.

Claire is being hailed as one of the genre’s most original characters in yearshear that Lisbeth?—and has been described as “a cool blend of Nancy Drew and Sid Vicious.”read more

The luster of a classic

Posted by on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 11:24 AM

Shanghai Moon coverNative New Yorker S.J. Rozan’s critically acclaimed, award-winning novels and stories have won most of crime fiction's greatest honors, including the Edgar, Anthony, Shamus, Macavity and the Nero Award.

"To read S.J. Rozan is to experience the kind of pure pleasure only a master can deliver," says fellow author Dennis more

No-holds barred

Posted by on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 1:43 PM

sixkill coverWhen Robert B. Parker died in January of 2010 he left a literary legacy of over 50 crime novels, including over 35 titles in the Spenser series alone.

Parker’s bio on the Thrilling Detective website says “He wrote his dissertation for a Ph.D. in 1971 on Hammett, Chandler and Macdonald, and his private eye hero, Spenser, was more than merely an attempt to carry on those beloved private eye traditions; it was also a brave, unapologetic no-holds barred attempt to drag those traditions, kicking and screaming, into the modern age.”read more

South Africa now and then

Posted by on Friday, Mar 4, 2011 - 9:42 AM

stolen lives coverScandinavian crime fiction may be hot, but South African crime fiction has been steadily coming to a boil over the past few years.

Jassy Mackenzie’s modern day Johannesburg private investigator Jade de Jong will have her second outing next month in Stolen Lives (2010).read more

Pike peaks

Posted by on Tuesday, Mar 1, 2011 - 9:25 AM

sentry coverRobert Crais began his literary career in Hollywood in 1976 writing scripts for television shows such as Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice and L.A. Law.

In the 1980s he decided to abandon scriptwriting and become a novelist and eventually came up with his award-winning characters, ex-Army Ranger Elvis Cole and ex-Marine Joe more