RARA-AVIS: Re: Shocked

From: Moorich2@aol.com
Date: 27 Jun 2002

In a message dated 6/27/2002 4:01:55 AM Eastern Daylight Time, Mr. T writes:

 Richard, I think this is a Mencken phrase (describing
 himself, of course). I will try to track it down.

Mencken is indeed a likely original source for the Parker line. The tone and wit shine through even in this second-hand version.

Jeeze, the reactions of Bill Crider and others make me think this accusation has been made before against Parker. At least the allegation isn't that he was swiping from Chandler or Hammett.

And Bill, thanks for reminding me of the Avallone title HIGH NOON AT MIDNIGHT. He saved his best title for his best novel.

Richard Moore

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