RARA-AVIS: First to Third

From: Moorich2@aol.com
Date: 04 Feb 2001

My dim memory is that William Ard began his Timothy Dane series in first person but at some point switched to third person. I don't have the novels handy to check but perhaps someone (Crider?) can verify this.

Mike Nevins gave a stirring presentation at some long ago Bouchercon on Ard, calling him, among other things "one of the most distinctive voices in the history of the private-eye novel." I immediately picked up quite a few Ard novels but found them rather routine and lost interest after reading three or four. I did not read what some consider his best novel HELL IS A CITY
(1955). He may be best remembered today because Lawrence Block ghosted a novel under Ard's name. Ard also began the Gold Medal western series Buchanan under the Jonas Ward name and I remember preferring his westerns to his mysteries.

Richard Moore

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