Re: RARA-AVIS: Chet Drum (was Phillips & Brussels bookstores)

Date: 17 May 2002


Re your question below:

> Speaking of Chet Drum and Stephen Marlowe, has
> anybody read the "Double In
> Trouble" team-up with Drum and Shell Scott? I picked
> it up a year or so ago
> but haven't read it yet.

I read it man years ago and loved it. In fact it's one of my all-time favorite PI novels and my single favorite series cross-over.

Unlike James, I don't think Chet suffers as a character next to Shell. What disappointed me is that Chet never once made it outside of the US. I believe DOUBLE IN TROUBLE is the only novel in the Drum series that is not set, at least partly, in a foreign country.

Trivia note: Up to this point, Drum's personal weapon was either a .357 Magnum or a .45 Colt automatic. In DOUBLE IN TROUBLE he upgrades to a .44 Magnum, which becomes his signature weapon for the rest of the series. This may be the first time a fictional detective uses the .44 Magnum, at least a dozen years before DIRTY HARRY. Interestingly, the depiction of Drum on the Gold Medal covers always looked a little like Clint Eastwood to me.


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