Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Jazz

Mark Sullivan (
Wed, 19 May 1999 19:49:02 -0400 (EDT) Didn't Peter Gunn hang out in a jazz club? Yeah, I just pulled out my
paperback tie-in novel, by Henry Kane (1960, Dell paperback original):

"Murder to a Jazz Beat . . . Peter Gunn

"It all began at Mother's, the jazz joint where Peter Gunn spent most of
his spare time. Spectating, when his girl was warbling for the cash
customers. Participating more romantically when Edie was available for
fun and games. . . ."

Then there was the contemporaneous Johnny Staccato (1960, Gold Medal
paperback original by Frank Boyd): "A smooth man on the ivories, hot on
the trigger, and cool in a jam -- he's the toughest private eye to hit
America in a decade." (Anyone know if this show is available on video

In general, however, I'd have to agree with Kevin that although it was
atmosphere in PI films, jazz didn't show up a lot in the fiction
(although Chandler used it in King in Yellow).


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