Re: RARA-AVIS: Dash / Peter

Bill Crider (
Fri, 2 Apr 1999 22:29:42 -0600 (CST) If I recall accurately (a decreasingly likely happening), Ellery Queen once
wrote that in the late 1800s "Peter Collins" was criminal slang for
"nobody." So "Peter Collinson" would be "nobody's son." Hammett used the
pseudonym earlier than "Arson Plus," though not for a mystery story.

Bill Crider

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