Blog Posts - Mystery Fiction



Orson Welles in THE GLASS KEY (Radio, 1939)

I've seen both film versions and a rare live TV production, but didn't know about this.

Overlooked Films: The Simple Art of Philip Marlowe

From the 1999 BBC2 series THE GREAT DETECTIVES.

FFB Rerun: MURDER WEARS A HALO by John Evans/Howard Browne

Yeah, this is a recycled review, from 2009, but I have a better than average excuse. My wife and I are just back from a too-short tour of Italy. We're both exhausted and both recovering from a heavy dose of Italian flu. I'll have something new next w...

FFB: Six Books Reviewed by DASHIELL HAMMETT

This column appeared in the May 24, 1930 issue of the New York Evening Post.THE SCARAB MURDER CASE By S. S. Van Dine. Scribners. $2. MANHATTAN NIGHT. By William Almon Wolff. Minton, Balch. $2. THE MAN WHO WAS THERE. By N. A. Temple-Ellis. Dutton. $2.

Forgotten Books: WHERE THERE'S A WILL by Rex Stout (photo edition)

 Ye Olde Cap'n Bob Napier and I got an email from noted Wolfean "Tough Jim" Gaston the other day, saying this:As you both are well aware, in the Nero Wolfe novel WHERE THERE'S A WILL, there are 6 infamous photographs in the first edition and the...

FFB: Seven Books Reviewed by DASHIELL HAMMETT

(This column appeared in the April 26, 1930 edition of the New York Evening Post.)THE WYCHFORD POISONING CASE. By Anthony Berkeley. Crime Club. $2.DEATH TRAPS. By Kay Cleaver Strahan. Crime Club. $2. THROUGH THE EYES OF THE JUDGE. By Bruce Graeme. Li...

Coming soon from Altus Press: The COMPLETE Adventures of Race Williams

Yes, it's finally happening - and Volume 1 is now available for pre-order. The write-up from Amazon follows. Sign me up!Collected for the first time: the stories of hard-boiled detective Race Williams. Originally appearing in the pages of Black Mask...

Encore FFB: DECOY by Cleve F. Adams (1941)

NOTE: I was tempted to blame this rerun post (from 2010) on last weekend's Willamette Writers Conference. It's true I'm still tired in body and brain and didn't read much this week, but the real truth is that I was planning on reviewing another book...

Forgotten Books: THE DEAD DON'T CARE by Jonathan Latimer (1938)

This fourth volume in Latimer's Bill Crane series is clever, funny, irreverent, sharply written and soaked in alcohol, which is to say it say it's a worthy successor to the first three books. But it also features the most intriguing deadly dame in ha...

Overlooked Films: RAYMOND CHANDLER on "Mysteries & Scandals"

Originally broadcast on March 27, 2000.More O.F. at S.F.

FREE TODAY: John Hegenberger's CROSS EXAMINATIONS

Headache. Heartache. Neckache. Backache.Those are the titles of the four novelettes in Cross Examinations, and are fair descriptions of the sort of trouble each case brings to Private Investigator Eliot Cross. Cross likes to think of himself as a har...

FFB: Four Books Reviewed by DASHIELL HAMMETT

This column appeared in the April 12, 1930 issue of the New York Evening Post.THE CRIME WAVEBy Dashiell HammettTHE NOOSE. By Philip MacDonald. Dial. $2. BLUE RUM, By Ernest Souza. Cape & Smith. $2.50. THE BLACK DOOR. By Virgil Markham. Knopf. $2.

Cover Gallery: Stuart Kaminsky's Tobey Peters Books (Part 1)

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CROSS EXAMINATIONS: CRIME IN COLUMBUS by John Hegenberger

This collection of four stories by Mr. John Hegenberger is now available for Kindle. Haven't read the stories yet, but I like the titles - "Headache," "Heartache," "Neckache" and "Backache." I can relate to all four. Here's what it says on Amazo...

FFB: Five Books Reviewed by *Guest Blogger* DASHIELL HAMMETT

This piece is from The Saturday Review of Literature for May 21, 1927, and can be seen in its original habitat on UNZ.org, HERE.CURRENT MURDERSReviewed by DASHIELL HAMMETT THE HOUSE OF SIN. By ALLEN UPWARD. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Co. 192...

Forgotten (and FREE) Stories: RACE WILLIAMS in "Body, Body--Who's Got the Body?" by Carroll John Daly

Race Williams did a lot of magazine-hopping in the course of his 32-year pulp career. He began in Black Mask, jumped to Dime Detective and had paid a visit to Street & Smith's CLUES by the time this tale appeared in the October 1944 issue of Stre...

Now in AHMM: Daffy Dill and and Candid Jones in "FLASH!" by Richard Sale!

When AHMM Editor Linda Landrigan invited me to select and introduce a story for the magazine's Mystery Classic department, the choice was a no-brainer."Flash!" - from the May 29, 1937 issue of Detective Fiction Weekly, is one of my pulp favorites, an...

The Continental Op solves "The Farewell Murder" (maybe)

Back on March 20 (HERE), while discussing the 1974 collection The Continental Op, and while in the throes of Op-mania, I said that I believed two stories in that book "The Main Death" (1927) and "The Farewell Murder" (1930) had been written far earli...

Paperback Gallery: Further Adventures of THE CONTINENTAL OP

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The everlasting disappointment of THE DAIN CURSE by Dashiell Hammett

Here's the difference between Red Harvest and The Dain Curse: Yesterday I was bragging about my first edition of Red Harvest, which has been the cornerstone of my hardboiled collection for nigh upon thirty years. Also yesterday, while poking around m...


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