There's a rip-roaring take on the classic PI story at A Twist of Noir.
This detective, well, he's just all wrong. He doesn't know what being a detective means. He doesn't have the attitude, or the grittiness, or the drive. But he's going to learn. The hard way, of course.
What makes this piece for me is its superior writing. Kiewlak turns common phrases on their head and weaves in perfect, haunting details. Rush over right now and check it out.