Re: RARA-AVIS: Recent purchases

From: Rene Ribic (
Date: 06 Feb 2002

> Rene Ribic wrote:
> > The most exciting find is a Pan edition from 1961 of "Solomon's
> > Vineyard" which I think may be the first unexpurgated edition, or at
> > least the first pb edition. Does someone out there know?
Bob T wrote :

> Great book. International Polygonics, Lt. (IPL) brought out a nice
> unexpergated edition in 1988, the first American trade edition, with
> introduction by William L. DeAndrea in which he calls it "one of the
> Missing Novels in the history of American Mystery Fiction." Despite
> fondness for Upper Case, he's right. You'll love it. Also see if you
> find Latimer's earlier wiseinhimer Bill Crane novels. They're a gas.

Actually, I already own a copy of the Blue Murder pb edition, it's an excellent hb pi novel, very raunchy for it's time which is why there was only a heavily expurgated edition published under the title "The Fifth Grave" in the US. This 1961 ed matches my Blue Murder copy. Latimer's
"The Dead Don't Care" is very high up my TBR list at present. (No Exit edition with excellent Weegee photo on cover).

> > "Bordersnakes" by James Crumley
> All of Crumley's books are hilarious, brilliant and obscene. I'd rate
> the best of your current bunch. But I'd go back and read Crumley's
> books first, in order: "The Wrong Case," "The Last Good Kiss,"
"Dancing Bear,"
> and "The Mexican Tree Duck," to get some perspective on Milo and
Sughrue, the
> Bad Ole Boys who star in "Bordersnakes."
I've read the first 3 (I have a Picador edition with all of them in 1 volume), not "Mexican Tree Duck", they're great, esp the 1st two.Only read them fairly recently, I tend to be a little reluctant to read PI fiction (no, I 'd don't want to start that one up again, it's just a matter of taste), which is often a mistake, as in this case. Thanks for the input, Bob.


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