Re: RARA-AVIS: Gold Medal contribution

From: Al Guthrie (
Date: 06 Aug 2002

----- Original Message ----- From: "Jim Stephenson" <>

> I'm currently engrossed in *Carter Beats the Devil* and can't actively
> participate in the Gold Medal discussion, but I must mention one of my
> favorite opening lines which comes courtesy of a Gold Medal novel. Day
> Keene's *To Kiss, To Kill* (1951) opens with the grabber, "You can never
> tell what a big, tough Polish boy will do when he finds a nude blond in
> his bathroom."
> Now I ask you, who can stop reading after a masterpiece like that?

"To Kiss, Or Kill" is terrific. The opening continues, "...It happened to Barney Mandell on the afternoon of the day he was released from the asylum as cured, because he hadn't wrung a parrot's neck in two years. Oh, yes. The nude blonde was dead."


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