RARA-AVIS: CONFIDENTIAL!: Denton after Pelecanos

From: Todd Mason ( Todd.Mason@tvguide.com)
Date: 12 Dec 2001

I had a copy of that one twenty years ago...boy, did Lait and Mortimer hate LaGuardia (Fiorello, not the airport to be named for him)...and, of course, one of the missteps of sorts Howard Browne took as editor of the newly slickened sf digest AMAZING in 1952 was publishing a spoofy "Mars Confidential!" attributed to L&M...

TM (who wonders if L&M had anything to do with CONFIDENTIAL magazine, the model for Ellroy's HUSH HUSH)

-----Original Message----- From: William Denton [mailto: buff@pobox.com]

On 11 December 2001, George Pelecanos wrote:

: A guilty pleasure and personal favorite is WASHINGTON CONFIDENTIAL, a
: tattler-style look at post-war (the Big One) D.C. For it's style and
: slang alone, this one's an authentic treat for hardboiled aficionados.

I have NEW YORK: CONFIDENTIAL! THE LOWDOWN ON ITS BRIGHT LIFE, by Jack Lait and Lee Mortimer (probably most famous now for being punched out by Sinatra). It's a 1951 Dell mapback, and mentions volumes on Chicago and Washington. I bet most folks on the list would get a kick out of this series. They don't make 'em like that any more, and in Toronto the Good, they never did.

I also have L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, but that's different.

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