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    September 20, 2012


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    Joan Kyler

    Thanks for telling us about this one. I have a couple of books similar to this one, but not this one. I just bought it for my Kindle through your Amazon link and am looking forward to browsing through it this weekend.

    Les Blatt

    Joan, I hope you enjoy the essays. And I hope that, like me, you will find new authors and new detectives worth hunting down in mystery bookstores!


    Thanks for letting me know about this, Les. I will definitely be getting a copy, maybe even an electronic one - if that's all that's available. As soon as I saw the name of Roderick Allyn, I was hooked. I'm planning on re-reading my favorite Ngaio Marsh books yet again - soon. That's the reason I haven't read as many 'new' books as I ought to this year. All the re-reading is taking its toll. :)

    Les Blatt

    Yvette, as I look at my own bookshelves (not to mention the towering TBR pile!), I sometimes think I'm living in the past. I should be reading more new mysteries; I find myself drawn again and again to old favorites, including Marsh, Sayers, Crispin, Innes, Christie, Simenon...the list goes on. I suppose there are worse addictions.

    Sergio (Tipping My Fedora)

    Great to hear about this being back in print Les - I have a paperback edition on my shelves and dust it off prety regularly actually. It is, I think, the only place where you can read Ed McBain's original ending for THE PUSHER, in which Steve Carella would have bit the dust just three books into the 87th Precinct series - luckily calmer editorial heads prevailed!

    Les Blatt

    Sergio, it's only an electronic edition, alas - but that's perfectly fine with me, as it seems to be available in a variety of formats. Yes, the McBain contribution is great. I'm really fond of Christianna Brand's article about Inspector Cockrill. Two thousand words. More or less... It's fascinating to see what the creators thought of their characters.

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