Jack Webb in Pat Novak, for Hire

PatNovakForHireOne of my biggest inspirations for my detectives stories is one of Jack Webb’s early radio programs: Pat Novak, for Hire. Before his hit radio show (and later TV show) Dragnet, Webb was involved with several private detective radio programs that did not last very long. The first was Pat Novak, for Hire.

Webb plays Pat Novak, who is not a detective by trade. He mainly rents boats, but somehow he always ends up up in the middle of a problem. Besides Webb, there were two other man characters. The first was Inspector Hellman (played by Raymond Burr) who threatens to hauls Novak in whenever he finds him at the scene of the crime, whether he did it or not. The second was Jocko Madigan (played by Tudor Owen), a drunken ex-doctor who runs errands for Novak.

The show ran for 4 episodes in 1947 with Ben Morris playing the lead. Jack Webb took over for 19 episodes in 1949. Like I said, the show only ran for a short time, but it was fun.

You can listen to Pat Novak, for Hire here.

What Old Time Radio shows do you enjoy? List them in the comments below.

Announcing the Newest Benny Cahill eBook on Smashwords

After several months of hard work, I’m proud to announce that the newest stories of Benny Cahill, PI are now available on Smashwords. Trouble is My Client contains FOUR new and never before seen Benny Cahill stories. These stories (Where There’s a Will, Now Hear This, Reach for It, and To the Moon) recall the days of Old Time Radio and the detective stories that formed a generation of Americans. From the Smashwords page:

┬áBenny Cahill is back. After getting involved in a crooked horse race in Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth, the cynical and wise-cracking private detective returns in four never before published mysteries. These noir stories are inspired by the author’s love of Old Time Radio shows. This collection includes a foreword by Theresa Linden, author of Chasing Liberty.

Click the book cover below to go to the book’s Smashwords page. More ebook stores will be added soon. Don’t forget to rate and review after you have read it.


Click the cover for the Smashwords page.

Free Book and Coming Attractions

My ebook Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth is now free on all platforms, except Amazon. Unfortunately, I have been unable to find a way to make it free on Amazon. If you enjoy hard-boiled mysteries or detective shows from the golden age of radio, check it out. You can find it on Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Kobo or iTunes. If you like it, feel free to review it.

On another note, I am working on the next installment of the Benny Cahill series. The working title, for now, is Where There’s a Will. I plan to release it on September 15th. Keep an eye on this blog for more announcements.