Featuring History of Mystery/Detective Fiction and Other Literary Ramblings of Elizabeth Foxwell
Monday, January 30, 2023
Henry Mancini and Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy.
Monday, January 23, 2023
Shirley Jackson panel.
Monday, January 16, 2023
Sherlock Holmes items from Guymon collection at California Antiquarian Book Fair.
|Ned Guymon with his |
first wife, Ernestine, in 1923.
There also is a Guymon collection at Bowling Green State University.
Monday, January 09, 2023
Upcoming classic thrillers, Library of America.
(1) Five Classic Thrillers 1961–1964 (The Murderers by Fredric Brown, The Name of the Game Is Death by Dan J. Marlowe, Dead Calm by Charles Williams, The Expendable Man by Dorothy B. Hughes, The Score by Richard Stark [Donald Westlake])
(2) Four Classic Thrillers 1964–1969 (The Fiend by Margaret Millar, Doll by Ed McBain [Evan Hunter], Run Man Run by Chester Himes, The Tremor of Forgery by Patricia Highsmith)
Below are some critics' reactions to the works in these volumes.
Re Brown's The Murderers: Sgt. Cuff [John Winterich] in 30 Sept. 1961 Saturday Review dubbed it "highly amative."
Re Highsmith's Tremor of Forgery: Terrence Rafferty in the 4 Jan. 1988 New Yorker dubbed the book "nihilistic."
Re Himes's Run Man Run: Sgt. Cuff in the 31 Dec. 1966 Saturday Review regarded this as a "[t]aut, devilish, ably-written slice of life—and death."
Re Hughes's Expendable Man (Edgar nominee, Best Novel): Kirkus lauded its "savage momentum."
Re Marlowe's The Name of the Game Is Death: Anthony Boucher in the 11 Feb 1962 New York Times believed that Marlowe had reached "an impressive new high."