RARA-AVIS: Re: Another box of books

From: southpaw@altavista.net
Date: 30 Mar 2000

> Which reminds me, I haven't
> read any of his books under the John Crowe or William Arden names.

John Crowe is only one of the pseudonyms he used. He also used Michael Collins, Brett Halliday, Maxwell Grant, William Arden, Nick Carter, Carl Dekker, and Mark Sadler. He wrote many stories under the Brett Haliday moniker as well.

Uunder the William Arden name he wrote numerous books in the childrens' series 'Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators.'

That series, which is still popular in Germany (?!) has been left fallow in the U.S., and the publisher only reprints the first six or so books in the series (which numbered at least 30 at one time) -- and those first ones were mostly or all written by the series' progenitor, Robert Arthur. A well-written mystery/thriller series with a deep 'bible' that kept a high level of quality writing to the series, to me it was better than the Hardy Boys and their ilk.

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