RARA-AVIS: Cannon fodder

From: Mark Sullivan ( DJ-Anonyme@webtv.net)
Date: 31 Jan 2001

I finished "I'm Cannon -- For Hire," which I mentioned picking up recently. I really enjoyed it. It's a good, solid PI novel. Curt Cannon is an interesting character -- hard as nails when it comes to getting a job done, solving a case, telling off cops, but all mushy on the inside, still drinking himself into the gutter over his wife's betrayal years before (after which he beat the guy, his associate, half to death and lost his PI license). This also leads to some pretty nasty attitudes towards women in his present. Although I figured out the mystery (something I'm not usually very good at, nor care to be), the characters and attitude made the story.

I must admit I'm woefully unread when it comes to Evan Hunter's books, under any of his names. Are the Matthew Hope books any good? How hardboiled? Did he write others in the vein of the Cannon novel? What's the first 87th Precinct book and is something to be gained by reading them in order?

As a slight tangent, stamped on the inside cover of the Cannon paperback was:

MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA INC. 232 East 40th Street New York 16, NY

Did MWA have a library? Do they still? Is it open to readers and/or researchers? And if they have a library, why isn't this book still in it? Then again, it's a second printing, so maybe they sell off dupes.


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