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    June 03, 2011


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    One of the best yet unexpected benefits of the e-book has been the return of the forgotten writer. Norbert Davis quickly became one of my favorite authors after I read "Sally's In the Alley" on my Kindle.

    Davis wrote basically for pulps. The editor of BLACK MASK disliked his humor so much of his work was published in DIME DETECTIVE. His inability to succeed in the more respected slicks (magazines such as SATURDAY EVENING POST) would lead to his early death.

    I recommend you "google" his name as much of his work including westerns is available to enjoy on the internet.

    Les Blatt

    Michael, you're right about Black Mask's editor disliking the humor - in fact, "Holocaust House" was published (in two parts) in Argosy, according to the Golden Age of Detection wiki. And you're also right about his availability on the Internet - good news to a new generation of readers. I share your feelings about the return of the forgotten writer - I'm still waiting for more of them to be republished for e-books.


    As much as I really and truly dislike reading off a screen - reading anything that requires lots of thought - even reading something that requires lots of imagination (it all fails me on an e-screen) - I like the idea of this Great Dane mystery. What to do. What to do. Darn you, Les!

    Les Blatt

    Yvette, I think Rue Morgue Press has put out all three of Davis's novels in paperback format. I've read two of them ("Mouse in the Mountain" and "Sally's in the Alley") and Carstairs is much more prominent in those than he is in the short story "Holocaust House." Or, of course, you COULD get a Kindle and get them all... (laughs evilly...)

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