Re: RARA-AVIS: Recent readings

From: George Upper (
Date: 06 Sep 2001

--- Mario Taboada <> wrote:
> Aside: is it really possible to pick a handcuff lock
> with a
> paper clip, especially when the handcuffs are in
> one's
> back?

It's possible, but not if you're trying it for the first time. Handcuff locks are (or used to be, anyway--times change) very, very simple. Many police departments now use those plastic things that look like garbage bag ties because handcuffs are easily defeatable. (Also, I suspect, because they are cheaper.)
> You Could Call It Murder, by Lawrence Block. A
> hardboiled
> P.I. novel from 1961, featuring one Roy Markham.
> Originally
> on Belmont, reissued by Carroll & Graf. At the
> tender age
> of 22 or 23, Block was already in command of the
> full
> arsenal. Parts of this book are dynamite. I note
> with
> pleasure that Block is *not* imitating Chandler.

This is a block I haven't read; my respect for this writer keeps growing and growing. I'm really anticipating his HOPE TO DIE, due out next month.


===== George C. Upper III, Editor The Lightning Bell Poetry Journal

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