Re: RARA-AVIS: Jonathan Latimer

Gary Warren Niebuhr (
Fri, 10 Jul 1998 18:35:32 -0700 >Just finished reading Jonathan Latimer's _Solomon's Vineyard_ (my first
>Latimer experience) and was completely blown away. Definately one of the
>better books I've read in a while.

I would agree. His contribution to the hard-boiled world would be enough
with just this one work. Don't be confused if you start looking around for
other Latimer titles and come across The Fifth Grave as it is the other
name for Solomon's Vineyard.

His P. I. series featuring the loveable little alcoholic Bill Crane are
great fun, but not too hard-boiled. Very different from Solomon's Vineyard.

Murder in the madhouse (1935)
Headed for a hearse (also: The Westland case) (1935)
The lady in the morgue (1936)
The dead don't care (1938)
Red Gardenias (also: Some dames are deadly) (1939)

>I know he also wrote a book called _The Search for My
>Great-Uncle's Head_ under the name Peter Coffin

Other nonseries works under the Latimer name include

Black is the fashion for dying (also: The mink lined coffin) (1959)
Sinner and shrouds (1956)

Best, GWN.

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