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This book is one of Adams’ several homages to the best detective novel of all time, Hammett’s Red Harvest. So hey, no wonder it’s a pretty good read. Private Eye Shannon is lured to the tough mining town of Las Cruces, Arizona by a former girlfriend convinced her late husband’s suicide was actually a murder. Shannon soon finds himself caught in a war between two unscrupulous mine operators, with miscellaneous gangsters and corrupt cops thrown in to keep him hopping.
In a move even the Continental Op would have envied, Shannon puts the screws on all concerned by gaining control of both the local branch of the miners union and the town’s only newspaper.
Like most of Adams’ novels, I suspect this one was at least partially cannibalized from his pulp stories. Can’t prove it yet, but the quest continues. Shannon appeared in at least two pulp stories, “Jigsaw” from Detective Fiction Weekly and “Mannequin for a Morgue” from Double Detective. I’m pretty sure he appeared in more than that, but can’t prove that either. Yet.
This book has the distinction of being in print as late as 1975, well over a decade later than other Adams novels. The reason, I suspect, is the ultra-generic title. But another factor might be (as I may have mentioned) that it's a pretty good book.
More Adams to come. And more Forgotten Books at pattinase.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014
This was Cesar Romero's first (of six) rides in Cisco's saddle. He was pretty good, but my vote for the all-time coolest Cisco goes to Gilbert Roland. Others of interest in this film are Ward Bond and one-time Philip Marlowe (The Brasher Doubloon) George Montgomery.
Your weekly Overlooked Film round-up is at Sweet Freedom.
Monday, March 3, 2014
My friend Davy is crowing about the fact his latest adventure is now playing in the shiny new May issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. The story is really about his great-great-great-great-great grandson, Tennessee State Representative David Crockett, but Old Davy is along for the ride, and in his mind he's the star.
In this one, Rep. Crockett is a celebrity judge at a black powder shooting tournament, and having a tolerable good time until the reigning champ turns up dead - and the murder weapon appears to be Davy's legendary rifle Old Betsy. When Crockett's old friend (and major campaign contributor) is arrested, Davy insists Crockett be a hero and solve the crime. Mirth and mayhem ensue.
On a scale of one to five stars, Davy gives it a seven. But then he would.
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