Here are my responses to Thrilling Detective's annual poll of the best in P.I. fiction:
BEST P.I. BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED IN 2006:
A Stolen Season by Steve Hamilton
BEST P.I. BOOK READ IN 2006:
The Barbed-Wire Kiss by Wallace Stroby
BEST NEW P.I., ANY MEDIUM:
Shawn Spencer of USA Network's Psych
BEST P.I. FILM/TV SHOW PREMIERED IN 2006:
WHAT THEY SHOULD BE THINKING
P.I. TV Shows and Movies That SHOULD Be on DVD
Spenser: For Hire, Vengeance Unlimited
BEST MYSTERY MAG, WEB SITE, E-ZINE, LIST-SERV, BLOG or NEWSGROUP (Besides Your Own):
CrimeSpot.net, Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind, James O. Born's Amazon Blog
WISDOM OF THE AGES
The Best Thing I Ever Learned from a P.I. Novel Was...
Never use a fist when a verbal jab will do.
REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL
What Gives You Hope for the Future
All the talented people I've worked with and met as Thrilling Fiction Editor and DetecToday moderator.
The April 2007 release of Payback: Straight Up, Brian Helgeland's director's cut.
NO FUTURE, NO FUTURE
Most Depressing P.I. Trend
Anytime a P.I. is portrayed as a crass snoop or walking cliche, moreso in movies and TV I've seen than books (e.g. Matt Dillon as Pat Healy in There's Something About Mary)
THE "THAT''S MORE LIKE IT" AWARD
Best Cover Art
St. Martin's cover for The Blonde
SO LONG, IT'S BEEN GOOD TO KNOW YOU
We'll Miss Them...
Darren McGavin, Dennis Weaver, Jack Palance