RARA-AVIS: Roscoe and West

From: McHale, Steve ( SMcHale@filenet.com)
Date: 09 May 2000

        A few more vague details: I recall something about the two authors comprising Mike Roscoe were brothers. I think the series took place in St. Louis or some other Midwestern city. I enjoyed the books a great deal. One Tear for My Grave is one that comes to mind. Good characters and dialogue, nothing too over the top.

        John B. West was definitely trying to be Mikey Spillane. Yes on South Africa. I think he owned a radio station there as well. Don't recall the black part.

> Bob Randisi asked who'd read Mike Roscoe and John B. West. I think I've
> read most of the Mike Roscoe books and enjoyed them. Roscoe, as I recall,
> was actually two guys, and they were real private-eyes. I've also read
> most of John B. West's books. I always thought of his hero (could he
> really
> have been named "Rocky Steele"?) as sort of a cruder version of Mike
> Hammer.
> (I know some of you are wondering how that could be possible.) West was,
> I think, a physician. And I seem to remember that he was black and that
> he lived in South Africa at the time the books were written. But, my
> memory
> being what it is, I could be completely wrong about that.
> Bill Crider
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