sat in a car outside Ellen Novak's home and then tailed her as she sat on a bus into town.
And so for the next 90 minutes we chatted away over cheesecake and decaf, animatedly comparing the courage, brains, and wry wit of our favorite gumshoes, reminding me once again that while detective stories are regularly scorned as low-grade pulp, these mysteries remain the most pervasive and popular genre of modern literature-outselling all competitors and getting translated into languages from Arabic to Zulu.
Maybe, then, we ought to do a little investigating of our own, an examination of the gumshoe conscience.
Out June 6 Soul Suspect places you in the gumshoes
of Ronan O'Connor, a cop with a chequered past on the trail of a serial killer in old Salem town.
The budget did not run to reconstructions, so we had to make do with shadowy close-ups of the gumshoes
. We were also shown feet pounding the pavements - presumably to illustrate that following people involves lots of walking.
Joseph Viterelli stars as the casino boss, while Sean Patrick Flanery and Guy Torry play acerbic gumshoes
Columbo's daughter has been told to pull up her gumshoes if she wants to make it as a real-life tec.
Maybe she is right - although this would be a tough case for Columbo, never mind a trainee gumshoe, to crack.
were especially alert for signs of adultery and homosexuality" (The remnants of this ragtag army, it's worth pointing out, have found work with political operatives, tabloid reporters and so-called "mainstream" journalists seeking dirt on Bill and Hillary Clinton.
began to suspect that the fires were racially motivated and perhaps not set by self-hating African Americans as they had first suspected.