RARA-AVIS: Philo Vance: how many eggs?

From: William Denton ( buff@pobox.com)
Date: 14 Sep 2000


I picked up one of S.S. Van Dine's Philo Vance mysteries tonight, because that series has a lot of footnotes in it, and I like novels with footnotes
(I have a list on my web site of the ones I know about, if anyone's interested). On the back cover, it says, "S.S. Van Dine was the forerunner of the modern hard-boiled school of mystery novelists." I've never heard this claim before. Is there anything in it, or is it just a bunch of malarkey? I always figured Vance was in the fey Ellery Queen vein (although Inspector Queen is a hard case).


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : http://www.miskatonic.org/ : Caveat lector.

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