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It's Your Agency Now, Kid...Do Some Good With It by Ernest Lilley
Review by Ernest Lilley
Gumshoe  ISBN/ITEM#: EL100601
Date: 01 June 2010

Links: Gumshoe Issue #1 June, 2006 /

There's a grand tradition in the PI business where the world weary gumshoe takes off into the night, leaving his more sober partner to take care of the business while he looks for truths in the bottom of a glass of hooch. Well, scratch the hooch, but I am tossing my partner, Gayle Surrette, the keys to the office. Hell, she's more than earned them, keeping this place going while I was wandering around looking for a black bird, or something.

Gayle and I opened this office four years ago with an interview with Sue Grafton and a review of our favorite title among her books -- G is for Gumshoe.

Since then I've had a lot of fun chasing down leads and interviewing, in the mystery writing business, but my case load has gotten too heavy to pay attention to the office of late, and Gumshoe is just too good a publication to get only part of my attention. The truth is, Gayle's been doing the real work for a while, while I've been sucked into the darkness that's my day job.

Actually, my day job is terrific. I'm the database admin / online development guy for an educational association, and I'm having a great time working with their website and databases. I just don't have time to do that and put the effort into Gumshoe it (and Gayle) deserve.

So I've asked her to take over officially, and though I'm more than a touch sad to hand over the keys, I feel good about what we've done...and what she'll be doing.

Ernest Lilley
Editor Emeritus, Gumshoe Review
June 1, 2006

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