Re: RARA-AVIS: Recent readings

Date: 06 Sep 2001

Re Mario's observations of an early Block PI novel:

> 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.

Interestingly, this book was a work-for-hire gig Block got. It was based on a telvision PI series,
*Markham*, featuring Ray Milland as hard-boiled detective. The plot, however, was original, not a novelization of a TV script.


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