Re: RARA-AVIS: David Dodge

From: Etienne Borgers (
Date: 12 Feb 2002

David Dodge was very ecclectic, and as far as I remember rarely pure HB. He's the one who wrote TO CATCH A THIEF (1952) that was the base of Hitchcock's film.

BULLET FOR THE BRIDEGROOM, was published in 1944 and I never came across it. It's a novel with his character Whit Whitney who appeared in 3 other novels as well. He's a kind of tax advisor, and with his wife they form something like the Charles' of Hammett.

There was a series with a PI living in Mexico City. THE LONG ESCAPE is one of them. Another of these novels was adapted for film (Plunder in the Sun- 1953) and it was Latimer who scripted it!

E.Borgers Hard-Boiled Mysteries

--- "McHale, Steve" <> wrote:
> Congrats on finding that David Dodge - they are hard
> to find. Unfortunately,
> I don't know that book, but I can tell you this: I
> have seven of his books
> and I never heard of Bullets for the Bridegroom. You
> scored.
> He's one of the better writers - sometimes HB,
> sometimes medium boiled. His
> settings are sometimes in foreign locations. The
> Lights of Skarro was set in
> Yugoslavia - it was about a couple of journalists
> trying to escape the
> country after facing bogus charges. The Long Escape
> is about an insurance
> investigator who goes to South America (or maybe
> Mexico) to investigate the
> death of an insured patriarch. He runs into all
> kinds of family resistance.
> >>>Does anyone have info about the L'Amour & Dodge
> books?

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