If you’ve read this blog for more that a couple of days, you probably remember one of the many ‘careers’ I had was that of Private Investigator. Both working for others and myself. I’ve written about some of my ‘adventures’ in these pages.
And, it got me to thinking. Obviously, I wouldn’t have become a PI, had they not existed in literature, movies and television. I was disabled, and didn’t make the cut as a cop, so I went to something related. Using my college-learned investigative skills.
I grew up with numerous Hollywood PI influences: Sam Spade, Phillip Marlowe, Richard Diamond, Mike Hammer, Sherlock Holmes, Peter Gunn, Stu Bailey, Spenser, Jim Rockford, Harry Orwell, John Shaft, V.I. Warshawski, Lew Archer, Dirk Gently…
But, who was the BEST? However you define best – most realistic representation, most clever, most cutting edge.
I have my answer, but I won’t post it until you vote. And feel free to comment further, if you like.
Joe Mannix wouldn’t have it any other way.