Vincent Van Lowe
"Actually, Keith...once you set up shop here, I got a little nervous, um, a former detective, sheriff, uh, law enforcement machine, hitting the Neptune P.I. scene, working the whole B-movie, back-alley vibe. Clients love that. I thought I was toast but here we are sending each other referrals."
"Referrals? Did I send you a—"
"Redhead, with the husband problem."
"Ahh, right. I wasn't actually referring so much as warning."
From the pages of FNP for Dummies (full title - Film Noir Parodies for Dummies, $34.99 from all disreputable booksellers):
(page 62 - Constituents of noir parody: Character) "2. The morally ambiguous protagonist - In FNP, subtlety is purged. The protagonist may be presented as morally bankrupt, comically incompetent, or sometimes both (see Van Lowe, Vinnie). Such a character will do anything for the one offering the most money and have no qualms. They wouldn't know a qualm if they fell over it, and they sure as hell can't spell it...Their personal life will follow a similar pattern, marked by their inability to retain the love and trust of others. They will either have had numerous, brief relationships (see Van Lowe, Brenda; Van Lowe, Masako; Villareal, Debra) or have only ever known their right hand..."
(page 75 - Constituents of noir parody: Setting) "23. Style and taste - Although both rely heavily on images of violence and sex, the black, white and grey of noir gives way to garish tastelessness in FNP..."
(page 93 - Constituents of noir parody: Plot) "8. The double cross - In noir, though inevitable, the betrayal comes as a surprise when played out. In FNP, it's writ large from the start. A popular variety is known as the Vinnie Van Lowe Classic where the intrepid investigator catches out a spouse at the behest of the spouse's nosey partner, then offers to tell the trapped partner that for double the money, he'll tell the nosey one that the partner is clean. It is something that can in itself be relied upon by others to further their own interests (see Mars, Veronica for her account of the Faith Manning kidnapping case)..."
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Ken Marino plays Vincent Van Lowe.