Re: RARA-AVIS: Philo Vance: how many eggs?

From: David Lane (
Date: 15 Sep 2000

In article <>,
   William Denton <> wrote:

> 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).

I tried reading a Philo Vance once and, quite rare for me, was unable to finish it. From my impression of that book I'd say that the claim was
"pushing the envelope".


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