Re: RARA-AVIS: 1001 midnights

Marian Poller (
Thu, 12 Aug 1999 14:45:14 +0300

1001 midnights is an amazing reference book that I just obtained from an online source (ABE). The book is edited by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini and came out back in 1986. At that time I tried to find it but didn't succeed so up until yesterday I had only heard about it but never seen a copy.
   Well, it has some interesting shortcomings. It seems very much to be a product of the late 70's and early 80's. Undue weight goes to the authors of that period. It's also very heavily skewed to the interests of the two editors which is why I'm bringing it up here as Pronzini's main interest is squarely along Rara avis lines. Just about every hardboiled author who ever wrote gets included and it's quite interesting too.
   So how many of you have this book and what do you think of it? Do you refer to it often? Bill Crider is one of the contributors so Bill, what can you tell me about this book? Also, is $20 a good price for it now? Marian Poller Herzylia, Israel

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