Re: RARA-AVIS: Dan J. Marlowe

Bob Toomey (
Wed, 08 Dec 1999 22:59:03 -0500

"Timothy S. Oliver" wrote:

> Based on the raves I read here, I went down to Bookman's and bought their
> only Dan J. Marlowe. Operation Flashback, written in 1970, must be one of
> the international spy efforts. It is awful. Like, maybe second runner-up in
> a Matt Helm wannabe contest. Thing is, the cover said it won a 1st prize
> from the Mystery writers of America. Did I miss something?

"Flashpoint" won the Edgar for Best Paperback Original in 1971. You're right, it's a lousy book. I can only think the award was given in memory of "The Name of the Game is Death," which didn't receive an award in its year because the Best Paperback Original category didn'y exist.


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