Category Archives: News

Rediscovered: Me and Willeford in a Comic Book

Brian Van Gold of Oakland just did a little homegrown comic book featuring me and Willeford — mostly Willeford. I show up in a one-page anecdote illustrating the time Willeford informed me that All Great Literature is Depressing. I think this … Continue reading

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Hammett: In the Clew-Pile for 2018

Didn’t notice any Hammett clewing for the new season of Jeopardy! that kicked in toward the end of last year — though I did notice they had an entire category devoted to PKD recently. Man, Hammett and/or Hammett and the … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Charlie Siringo, Range Op

If you’re curious, you can read at least the opening of a new article posted today for Westworld out of Denver on the famous or infamous range detective Charlie Siringo — researched and written by none other than our pal … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Further FLIVVERing from Carroll John Daly

Man, I don’t even have to LOOK for evidence, it just rolls in like the sea. You may recall that in The Great Flivver War of 2015 I found an example of Black Mask great Carroll John Daly using the … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Fred Dannay and His More Literary Cousin

A couple of years back Nathan Ward popped me a link to an article — a very good, long article — about the popular Mean Streets topic Frederic Dannay, one half of the “Ellery Queen” writing team, and his continuing … Continue reading

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Frisco Beat: Back to the TL Museum for The Penalty

At top and bottom, a couple of shots from my July 13 appearance in the Tenderloin Museum, talking up The Thin Man and with some snippets of the 1931 Falcon — high point being when we spotted the heart of the … Continue reading

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Frisco Beat: Connie di Marco Brings Another Zodiac to Town

For her second Zodiac series psychic mystery, Connie di Marco did one of those blog tours to promo the title — and since the action is set in San Francisco, provides her own survey of criminous fiction and film on the topic. … Continue reading

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Sam Spade’s Last Case

Another Bill Crider Tribute Moment. Hat tip to Bruce Townley.

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When Mammoths Took the Subway

Los Angeles subway work uncovers array of Ice Age fossils A Tribute Moment to Bill Crider and his fun blog. Where will I get all the news on mammoths, crocs and gators now? Hat tip to Brian Leno.

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Hammett: More Reviews from a “Careful Reading, Deep Thinking Advertising Man”

Terry Zobeck has raided the Library of Congress again, and found that they now have color copiers — but that copies of Western Advertising are a bit larger than their scanner bed, and that his scanner program just doesn’t do … Continue reading

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