Re: RARA-AVIS: Old Nick

From: James Reasoner (
Date: 19 Dec 2000

----- Original Message ----- From: "Bill Crider" <> To: <> Sent: Tuesday, December 19, 2000 10:38 AM Subject: RARA-AVIS: Old Nick

> I've read quite a few of the Nick Carter books (even wrote one of them,
> published 20 years ago next month, my first sale!), and they're very
> uneven. A lot depends on the author. Mike Avallone wrote the first six
> so, and Bob Randisi and Bob Vardeman wrote quite a few. Martin Cruz Smith
> wrote a couple. Dwight V. Swain (author of the classic "Bring Back my
> Brain," one of Richard Moore's faves) did one. Manning Lee Stokes was a
> regular. There were lots of others.

Such as Dennis Lynds and W.T. Ballard, to name another couple of authors familiar to the list. Hard to believe, but it's been over ten years since the Nick Carter series ended in May 1990 with #261. Pat Hawk has managed to identify nearly all of the authors. Avallone wrote the first two books in the series, _Run Spy Run_ and _The China Doll_, but Lyle Kenyon Engel fired him in the middle of the third book, _Saigon_, supposedly at the urging of the editor at Award Books. _Saigon_ was finished by Valerie Moolman, who went on to write several more Carters on her own. Vardeman's books are pretty good, as are Martin Cruz Smith's. And the one by that Crider guy is one of the best.


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