The following dedication to Wyatt appeared at the conclusion of an
article on P.M. Hubbard by Tom Jenkins and was placed on the Mystery File
website by Steve Lewis.
This series of articles and the subsequent bibliography previously
appeared in Mystery*File 47, February 2005, and is dedicated by Tom
Jenkins and myself to the memory of Wyatt James, who died on January 12,
2006. His website A Guide to
Classic Mystery Novels and Detective Stories will be maintained, as I
understand it, and it is well worth your attention. There were few
readers more passionate about The Golden Age of Detection than Wyatt, and
he will most certainly be missed. (The annotated bibliography of
Hubbard’s novels is slightly revised from its appearance on Wyatt’s
The full article on Hubbard can be read here. March 11,
I knew Wyatt from a little bar in Brooklyn
called 12th Street
Bar and Grill. He was often there with his wife Sue. I started to go there
in 1994 and I can say without shame that I, like many other patrons, spent
way too much time in this bar.
I remember how kind and gentle Wyatt was to me whenever we spoke together.
Also, his amazing intellect, and particularly his knowledge of computers,
astounded me. I was a young lad in my 20's at the time, and it was a very
vibrant bar scene full of many characters, but Wyatt struck me as an
individual with great insight and poise. He had the demeanor of a man who
was somehow resigned to having great knowledge of people and places without
any corresponding woes or fears like I had, and that struck a chord in me.
He was so sharp and on point. I wanted to be like that.
I eventually moved to the United
Kingdom in 1997, got married, bought a
house, had a son and navigated through a few educational and professional
minefields toward becoming a practicing psychotherapist and a teacher.
Every so often I would think back to the 12th Street days and I even visited
once back in July 2001, but the scene had changed and I could not find
anyone I knew from four years earlier. After September 11th, I recall
getting in touch with Wyatt and sharing some correspondence with him in
regard to those tragic events. It was at this time that I became familiar
with his Grobius persona. He would write long and
passionate expositions about his views relating to the Twin Towers
events, and with the most wondrous accompanying photos.
I remember how guilty I felt for not being there when the two towers fell,
but equally I remember how strongly Wyatt's views and portrayals of that
tragedy made me feel closer to home and in touch with the hardship and
confusion that many people were facing. Wyatt gave me solace from a
distance. I will always remember him for the powerful and passionate man
that he was. I only learned of his death two weeks ago after by chance
speaking to an old time friend from 12th Street Bar
who I ran into in New York
on my last visit. Rest in Peace, Wyatt. You are not forgotten!!!
- James Theard
March 18, 2007
I knew Wyatt James only as Grobius Shortling, as I was a frequent and enthusiastic visitor
to his website. He has guided me to some wonderful reading in the field of
classic mysteries. I am so sorry to hear of his passing, but I think it is
fitting and wonderful that his site will be maintained. I am a librarian,
and I have recommended his site to many fellow lovers of crime fiction.
With greatest respect,
- Roberta Rood
July 16, 2007
I worked with Wyatt at MetLife in the 1970s. There were a number of us,
young and living in NYC and we all hung out together - the Gloc, Munk's Park, Edgar
Cayce lectures..... The name of the Project was Project 13.10 and it was a
wonderful group of people. I remember Wyatt's sense of humor (gently
sardonic) and his delight in writing computer code that was
incomprehensible to most of the rest of us - he particularly enjoyed
3-dimensional tables with negative subscripts, if I recall. He was a
special person and I'm very sorry to read of his passing.
- Linda Monformoso
Click on the pic to go to the Photo Gallery