Rene, I liked Gault's THE CANVAS COFFIN quite a bit when I
read it some years ago. In the May 2002 issue of "Ellery
Queen's Mystery Magazine," Jon Breen calls COFFIN the "best
boxing mystery I ever read."
On another topic, some of you may be selling Ms Thompson
short on her bird/penis theory. There is a slang expression
for masturbation: "choking his chicken." I suspect it is U.S.
Southern in origin, coming from the time when boys were sent
to the yard to catch the main course for Sunday dinner
(lunch to non-Southerners). Once caught, the next preparation step was to kill the chicken and neck-wringing was a popular method. Perhaps I am going into too much detail even for a hard-boiled group. The expression is still in use, although not in all social circles.
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