RARA-AVIS: Re: Get Elmore!

Kevin Smith (kvnsmith@colba.net)
Sat, 2 Jan 1999 12:44:32 -0500 Gee, I hope Elmore makes a bit of money from the shirt sales, and the Diet
Coke deal, and even sells a few books. But I feel like we may be losing
something here, too....

Lord knows, Elmore can do what he wants. And I guess product placement is
here to stay, even in literature, but if Bogey can be resurrected for
television soft drink commercials, I'm sure it's only a matter of time
before we can settle in with new, improved editions of the old favorites....

It was about eleven o'clock in the morning, according to my XR-7 Timex
Omnilight Sportswatch, mid-October, with the sun not shining and a look of
hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills. I was wearing my Ralph
Lauren powder-blue suit, with dark blue Arrow Excelsior shirt, tie and
display handkerchief from the James Ellroy Collection at J.C. Penney's,
black Thom McMann brogues, black wool Nike socks with dark blue slashes on
them. I was neat, clean, shaved (Nick's on Mulholland) and sober, and I
didn't care who knew it. I was everything the well-dressed private
detective ought to be. I was calling on four million dollars....

Or how about this new, improved conclusion to another classic?

"How c-could you?" she gasped.

I only had a moment before talking to a corpse, but I got it in.

"I was as easy as connecting an iMac to the Internet," I said.

Kevin Smith
The Thrilling Detective Web Site

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