Re: RARA-AVIS: Ellery Queen

From: William Denton (
Date: 03 Mar 2000

On 2 March 2000, Bob Toomey wrote:

: Well, some of us think The Thin Man is Hammett's worst book, since
: it's soft and filled with irrelevant digressions -- just the sort of
: thing, actually, that would appeal to fans of Ellery Queen, but maybe
: not so much to fans of hard, fast writing.

I agree. It is possible to hold up Ellery Queen as a pinnacle of one kind of mystery writing, but it's not really a height to which anyone else should aspire. I wouldn't argue that 1930-50 was the golden age of the classic American mystery, but those weren't the best mysteries being written then. We all know what those were!


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : : Caveat lector.

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