Joe Gores is one of the world's best-regarded mystery writers. He is a three-time winner of the Edgar Award (the highest honor for mystery writers), and has also won the Maltese Falcon Award (Japan's highest award in the mystery field), and he was elected president of the Mystery Writers of America.
Gores worked as a logger, a carnival roustabout, a teacher at a boys' school in Kenya, and for twelve years, as a detective. Gores' popular novels and stories about detective agency Daniel Kearney Associates are based on his own experiences as a San Francisco private eye. I regard them as the best-written and most enjoyable detective series by any current writer.
Gores has written scripts for Kojak, Columbo, Magnum P.I., Mike Hammer, Remington Steele, and other television series. Francis Ford Coppola produced a movie based on Gores' novel Hammett. Mr. Gores is currently writing the novel Spade & Archer, which will be the authorized prequel to The Maltese Falcon.
For Vince Emery Productions, Gores wrote "It Was a Diamond, All Right," the introduction to Lost Stories by Dashiell Hammett, which tells how Hammett influenced literature, movies, television, and Gores' own life.
Gores also wrote "A Foggy Night," which appears in Discovering The Maltese Falcon and Sam Spade, edited by Richard Layman. In it Gores explains how he used clues within Hammett's novel to discover the real-life buildings Hammett used for Sam Spade's apartment, the Spade & Archer detective agency offices, and other locations.
Books by Joe Gores
(Books about detective agency Daniel Kearney Associates are indicated by DKA.)
- A Time of Predators, 1969. Edgar Award winner, Best First Novel.
- Marine Salvage: The Unforgiving Business of No Cure, No Pay, 1971.
- Dead Skip, 1972 (DKA).
- Final Notice, 1973. (DKA)
- Interface, 1974.
- (Editor) Honolulu: Port of Call, 1974.
- Hammett, 1975.
- (Editor with Bill Pronzini) Tricks and Treats, 1976.
- Gone, No Forwarding, 1978. (DKA)
- Come Morning, 1986. Edgar Award nominee, Best Novel.
- Joe Gores Interview, 1987. (audio book)
- Wolf Time, 1989.
- 32 Cadillacs, 1992. (DKA) Edgar Award nominee, Best Novel.
- Mostly Murder, 1992. (short stories)
- Dead Man, 1993.
- Menaced Assassin, 1994.
- Contract Null & Void, 1996. (DKA)
- Speak of the Devil: 14 Tales of Crimes and Their Punishments, 1999. (short stories)
- Cases, 1999.
- Stakeout on Page Street and Other DKA Files, 2000. (DKA short stories)
- Cons, Scams, & Grifts, 2001. (DKA)
- Glass Tiger, 2006.
- Spade & Archer: The Prequel to Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon, 2009.
Television screenplays by Joe Gores
In addition, Joe Gores wrote several television scripts that were purchased but never produced for Columbo, Eischied, The Gangster Chronicles, Scene of the Crime, Eye to Eye, Hell Town, and Kojak. One unproduced 2-hour Kojak script was based on a story idea by Frank Sinatra.
- Kojak: "No Immunity for Murder" (airdate 23 Nov. 1975) Edgar Award winner, Best Episode in a TV Series.
- Kojak: "Bad Dude" (airdate 25 Jan. 1976).
- Kojak: "Case without a File" (airdate 17 Dec. 1977).
- Kate Loves a Mystery: "Love, on Instant Replay" (airdate 18 Oct. 1979).
- Strike Force: "Fallen Angel" (airdate 12 Feb. 1982).
- New Mike Hammer: "Seven Dead Eyes" (airdate 11 Feb. 1984) Edgar Award nominee, Best Episode in a TV Series.
- Remington Steele: "Let's Steele a Plot" (airdate 18 Dec. 1984).
- Magnum, P.I.: "A Pretty Good Dancing Chicken" (airdate 4 Apr. 1985).
- T.J. Hooker: "Death Trip" (airdate 14 May 1986).
- B.L. Stryker: "Blind Chess" (airdate 27 Mar. 1989).
More information about Joe Gores
"Why I Write Mysteries" by Joe Gores
Joe Gores and The Maltese Falcon Part I video interview by author Mark Coggins
Joe Gores and The Maltese Falcon Part II video interview by author Mark Coggins
Joe Gores and The Maltese Falcon Part III video interview by author Mark Coggins
Joe Gores and The Maltese Falcon Part IV video interview by author Mark Coggins
Joe Gores and The Maltese Falcon Part V video interview by author Mark Coggins
Joe Gores and The Maltese Falcon Part VI video interview by author Mark Coggins
"Joe Gores' Novel about Sam Spade's Early Days" profile by Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"Before the Black Bird" by Mark Coggins.