RARA-AVIS: The Night Flower by Max Brand

From: Rene Ribic ( rribic@optusnet.com.au)
Date: 30 Jan 2002

Are any of the resident pulpologists here familiar with the above title by this famous author of westerns. I just picked up a beat up old pb reissue from International Polygonics Ltd (IPL)'s Library of crime Classics. It sports an intro by William F Nolan & was originally published in Detective Fiction Weekly. EC Beckwirth (who he?) of the New York Times chose it as "the best written, most artfully constructed & thoroughly interesting crime-adventure published thus far within the year [1936]'', according to the back cover blurb, Beckwirth apparently being qualified to make this statement because "he keeps an eye closely on the field". Nolan compares it to "The Glass Key", thematically if not stylistically.Any feedback would be appreciated. Rene.

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