Our first review features the hard-boiled detective site,
The Thrilling Detective.
The Thrilling Detective is an easy to navigate and a fast
loading site. A definite plus for those of us with slow
modems. The graphics and artwork are minimal. The cover
page features quality artwork reminiscent of Dick Tracy
or Sam Spade.
The print is easy to read. Most is black on a cream
background, which does not induce eyestrain. A great
kindness for those of us who spend hours working on our
The site is free to view and open to the public. While it
does not pay at this time, the editor, Kevin Burton Smith
is hoping that will change in the future. They aim for a
return time on submission of one month but they do exceed
that on occasion. Writer's guidelines are easily
accessible on the site. They are also very willing to
work with new writers, especially if they feel a story
Mr. Smith has done an excellent job compiling a large
section of links to writer's sites, fan pages for the
actors who've played hard-boiled detectives, and other
hard-boiled detective sites, both fiction and non-fiction.
When asked about his goals for the site, he replied,
"Well, ideally, to continue what we're doing, which
is to be a giant reference site for all things P.I.-related,
and also offer kick-ass private eye fiction from new
writers and other barbarians of the new pulp."
Most of the stories on the site are written in first
person. I asked Mr. Smith if they had a preference for
KS: "Not really, though it does seem to be quite
common in private eye fiction. Of course, the template
for that is Chandler. And I and my faithful fiction
editor, Gerald So, are both suckers for Chandleresque
If you like detective stories, I highly recommend
visiting The Thrilling Detective. It has a lot to
offer the true mystery buff. While it does not pay at
this time, the stories are of very high quality and it
would be a great way to feature your work, or perhaps
gain those all important 'published credits' to your
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