Re: RARA-AVIS: Racing in the Streets

From: James Reasoner (
Date: 15 Jan 2001

----- Original Message ----- From: "Kevin Burton Smith" <> To: <> Sent: Sunday, January 14, 2001 8:29 AM Subject: RARA-AVIS: Racing in the Streets

> Bill wrote:
> >I think it was Henry Gregor Felsen who wrote _Hot Rod_, _Crash Club_, and
> >other novels like that, not Henry Slesar. When I was in high school in
> >Sixties, Felsen was respectable enough so that we read one of his books
> >English class. Nearly forgotten now, I imagine.
> And more's the pity. But if we're gonna talk about rebellious kids,
> hot rods and stuff like that, we can't forget that when the first
> Brock Callahan books failed to set the world on fire commercially,
> William Campbell Gault turned to writing such great stuff as DIRT
> In fact, I picked up my first Brock because I recognized Gault's name
> from all those hot rod novels I read as a kid.
> Vroom, vroom, everybody.
> --
> Kevin Burton Smith
> The Thrilling Detective Web Site

Gault wrote juvenile sports books, too, but I don't think I ever read any of them. I saw enough of those and his racing books around so that I knew his name from them and not from the mysteries until much later.

And by the way, Bill was quoting me above. I attended high school in the Sixties. I believe Bill was *teaching* high school in the Sixties.

Best, James

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