RARA-AVIS: William Campbell Gault

Joe Hoffman (ljhoffman@worldnet.att.net)
Sun, 25 Apr 1999 15:50:44 -0400 Hi Guys:

I recently read Gaults <<See No Evil>> and although I enjoyed the story, I
have a question.

My understanding about pulp stories were that they rarely featured ethnic
characters. I guess this was because the powers to be in those days thought
they would alienate the readership.

But Gaults story, a very strong character study of two Mexican-American
brothers trying to deal with a host of problems -- racial prejudice, hard
times and hoodlums in southern California goes against that philosophy.

Is this the only writer that bucked the system and was successful?

I also thought another "no-way" approach was a story without a corpse.
<<Seen No Evil>> has both taboos.

I would appreciate some input. Thanks. (If this doesn't go over any better
than my last comment about the 25 top HB books as determined by Murder Ink,
I will change my name or permanently go into lurkdom.)


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