Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Gardner in the pulps

Juri Nummelin (
Wed, 13 Oct 1999 13:09:47 +0300 (EET DST)

On Sun, 10 Oct 1999, Bill Hagen wrote:

> This thread reminds me that Chandler once wrote Gardner about how he had
> rewritten one of his stories from Action Detective, rewritten it over and
> over , comparing it each time with the original, to learn Gardner's
> technique. Anyone know what the Gardner story was? Figure it had to be
> published before 1933, when "Blackmailers Don't Shoot" first appeared.

Chandler doesn't mention the story in his letter, but he says it's from Action Detective and the main character is Rex Kane. Chandler's memory fails him - Action Detective is Detective Action Magazine. Rex Kane is, according to John Woolley's message, correct.


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