Nils B. Grevillius, b.1963, is not to be confused with his better known Swedish Composer Cousin, Nils Grevillius (1893-1970).

Grevillius is an author and private investigator who has spent much of his life in Pasadena, California, a tony town part of Metropolitan Los Angeles.

Never one much for convention, Grevillius took a job in a saloon at age 13, and gravitated away from school, eventually dropping out. From age 17-24, Nils Grevillius was in the US Army, pulling three tours in Korea as an infantryman and Counterintelligence Operative.

Recruited to the Pinkerton Services’ Wilshire Office in the late 1980s, Grevillius conducted protective, criminal, and undercover operations for the Pinkerton Service, America’s oldest Private Investigative company.

In the early 1990s, Nils went into private practice as a Private Detective, keeping offices in Pasadena. With his move, Nils Grevillius was involved in the investigations of Bruce McNall, renegade owner of the Los Angeles Kings, David Hemmings and John Daly, operators of Hemdale pictures for the US Bankruptcy Trustee.

The late 1990s saw Nils Grevillius investigating the Wonderland Avenue Murders, or more correctly, the cover-up of the murders and the connections between Los Angeles’ City Hall and Organized Crime. It is the Wonderland Case for which Nils is best known.

Grevillius has conducted investigations in support of journalists, such as New York City Author John Connelly (Spy Magazine), and Legs McNeil, with the latter’s well known works on punk rock and pornography.

In 2003, awaiting two hookers who were thought to be witnesses in a Hollywood kidnapping, Grevillius took up writing, writing “City of Devils” in his Copenhagen hotel room.

In ensuing months, Grevillius wrote “Skulldiggery” and “Sub Rosa”, works which were published in 2013.

Nils Grevillius is an auto-didact, who admits that which he attended six different colleges, in three different countries, over six or seven odd years, he may be awarded an AA Degree were he to take up college again for two full years.


Nuevo Noir is, simply put, ‘Noir’ that is new. Many believe that Noir died with the Age of Aquarius in the late 1960s. Noir was defined in the late 1920s with crime dramas, many of them low budget, poorly written and over acted. In the 1940s and 50s, Noir grew up, with Howard Hawks’ version of “The Big Sleep,” a film taken from Raymond Chandler’s work of the same name. Other writers of Noir were Dashiell Hammett, Eric Ambler, James M. Cain, Earl Stanley Gardiner, and many others.

Noir was defined by blurred values- bad ‘good guys’ and good ‘bad guys’- and was usually shot in black & white. The Noir film often cited as emblematic of the genre is “Out of the Past,” shot in Bridgeport, California, starring Kirk Douglas and Robert Mitchum. In “Double Indemnity” (credit to Chandler), Fred MacMurray plays a creepy, unctuous heavy- to great effect- opposite a tragically vivacious Barbara Stanwyck. Murder, sex, compromise and loss.

Nuevo noir arose in the 1990s with works by Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, and others which filled the bill. Noir was reborn in films like “Pulp Fiction”, “Reservoir Dogs”, “Casino” and an obscure Paul Newman film entitled “Twilight,” which is not to be confused with the vampire trilogy.

Nils Grevillius’ effort is to bring forth terse, direct Nuevo Noir to literature and ultimately film.

Please enjoy cautiously.


Joe Ferris