February 20, 2013 |
CAMDEN, N.J. - In an office in a sleepy town in southern New Jersey, Harry Glemser's phone rang. With no buxom secretary to take a message, he answered it himself. It was a dame, looking to hire a private eye. But this was no scene from a noir novel. The woman was calling because someone in a car kept lurking in her driveway, the engine running, when her husband wasn't home. She'd called the police, but they couldn't help. She hoped Glemser could. Detectives like Glemser across cash-strapped states have been getting more calls like these as cities and towns cut their police forces to contend with deep budget cuts.
December 27, 2012
Re “ Her holiday wish: family ,” Dec. 24 The story about Meredith Kensington's search for the three siblings she lost contact with many years ago after they entered Los Angeles County's foster care system broke my heart. I hope someone reads her story and helps her find them, as the system has failed her. It is sad when people are just objects and not living, caring individuals with feelings. The system failed my daughter and me. It took a private detective to find me after 45 years.
June 29, 2012 |
"The Matchmaker" is a surprise. It sounds like a throwback to an earlier, more traditional style of Israeli filmmaking but it instead provides a view of that country that's as satisfyingly eccentric and unexpected as anything we've seen. Written and directed by the veteran Avi Nesher, nominated for seven Israeli academy awards and winner of the lead actor and actress prize, "The Matchmaker" is set largely in 1968 and presents itself as the familiar coming-of-age story of a 16-year-old boy. But, as it turns out, the boy's story is only a part of a larger, more compelling dramatic mosaic and what he learns about the vagaries and perplexities of the human heart is only interesting because of the complex, unusual adults he learns it from.
January 12, 2012 |
The problem with "back-door pilots" — episodes of popular series written to introduce characters for a potential new show — is that they are invariably better than the front-door versions that follow. Exhibit A: "The Finder. " This spring, we met Walter Sherman (Geoff Stults), former military police officer turned private sleuth, when an episode of Fox's "Bones" took Booth (David Boreanaz) and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) into the Florida swamps. Faced with the inevitable half-rotted corpse, Booth turned to Sherman, an old Army buddy and decorated war hero who sustained the sort of gorgeously fictionalized brain damage that leaves a person with the near-miraculous ability to find anyone or anything any where, any time.
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October 16, 2011 |
David Dutcher met Sharon on Match.com in late 2008, a few months after separating from his wife. "We had a lot in common," he recalled. Sharon loved four-wheel-drive trucks and sports. They met for coffee, then dinner. Sharon was tall, slender, blond and beautiful. She moaned that she had not had sex in a long time. She told him he had large, strong hands and wondered if that portended other things. She described his kisses as "yummy. " "It felt a lot like Christmas," said Dutcher, 49, a tall, burly engineer with wavy red hair.
October 15, 2011 |
If for no other reason than that you get to spend six hours with Jason Isaacs, I am going to recommend "Case Histories," the latest British import to take up residence under the banner of "Masterpiece Mystery" Sunday on PBS. It is not the only reason to recommend it, but it is by itself sufficient; indeed, it overwhelms any small arguments in its disfavor. Most people who know Isaacs' work will have seen him in a long blond wig as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies — and that is many more people, certainly, than saw him in Showtime's great "Brotherhood" (2006-08)