Re: RARA-AVIS: RE: Don Tracy

From: Etienne Borgers (
Date: 08 Oct 2000

Juri is right.

I can add that apparently, as Bill Crider remembers rightly, Tracy wrote historical novels (from the 50's to the 70's) but not stopping his HB/Noir novels production. Giff Speer's series benefits of a proximity effect, I think (due to the period of publishing closer to contemporary), but Tracy was also the author of some very good crime novels having racism as subject.

To remember: HOW SLEEPS THE BEAST (1937)wherein is one of the most horrifying and realistic description of the lynching of a Negro man. A recommended book. THE HATED ONE (1963) with a Negro female accused of murder; I remember it more vaguely, but it was a good read.

He used also the pseudo of Roger Fuller, but mainly for films and TV novelisation, I think. He was a ghost writer, but I could never find for who and where.

He of course wrote quite a bunch of short stories, in the pulps ( but also for more reputed magazines). He was born in 1905.

E.Borgers Hard-boiled Mysteries Polar Noir

--- Juri Nummelin <> wrote:
> Dick Lochte wrote:
> > I see that there's a long story by Don Tracy in
> ORANGE PULP. I don't recall
> > any mention of his Giff Speer series (Pocket
> Books 60s and 70s) on this
> > list. But mention should be made. They are top of
> the line hardboiled
> > novels. "Look Down On Her Dying" is one of the
> better entries, but they're
> > all good. Tracy is very much the equal of Donald
> Hamilton and has the same
> > sensibilities -- the pro's approach to handling
> tough problems. Does anybody
> > know what happened to Tracy? And is the ORANGE
> PULP story new?
> It cant' be, since Tracy died in 1976. Tracy wrote
> in 1934 the classic
> "Criss-Cross" on which the Robert Siodmak film of
> the same name and Steven
> Soderbergh's "Underneath" are based.
> Juri

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