Gumshoe Author:Neville Smith SAM SPADE: Ginley's the Name; Gumshoe's the Game. — Private Investigations. No Divorce Work. 051-246-4379. — Eddie Ginley, a Liverpool bingo-caller, celebrated his thirty-first birthday by placing an ad in teh local paper. That evening, someone gave him a present--a gun, a grand, and the picture of a girl. But they never wished him many happy retu... more »rns.
This amusing book, a nice light read, was made into a well-regarded 1971 movie of the same name starring Albert Finney, directed by Stephen Frears (who later directed My Beautiful Laundrette, Prick Up your Ears, Dangerous Liaisons, The Grifters, and High Fidelity. Written by Neville Smith, who wrote a number of British TV plays and then turned to a career of acting (Dangerous Liaisons eg).« less