Re: RARA-AVIS: High Sierra

From: Rene Ribic (
Date: 07 Aug 2002

> > Other than Little Caesar, Asphalt Jungle and Goodbye
> > Chicago, what other
> > novels has he written?
> In keeping with the month's theme, it should be
> pointed out that Burnett wrote at least two Gold
> Medals. The first, under his own name, was a western
> entitled STRETCH DAWSON, which I believe was filmed as
> YELLOW SKY (or maybe the book was a novelization of
> YELLOW SKY; this isn't clear from what I've been able
> to find out).
> The second, BIG STAN, under the pseudonym of "John
> Monohan," was a gritty urban cop novel, and might be
> described as the fourth novel in his "City Trilogy."
> "The City Trilogy" of which ASPHALT JUNGLE is the
> first entry, follwed by LITTLE MEN - BIG WORLD and
> VANITY ROW, were all set in the same unnamed
> Midwestern metroplis. Some say the city was a
> fcitionalized Chicago. Kathy Harper thought it was
> either Toledo or Youngstown (Burnett's home state was
> Ohio). In any case, BIG STAN seems to be set in the
> same city. Exactly why it was published as a PBO
> under a pen name, instead of a hardback as the
> official fourth entry in what would then be A "City
> Tetralogy" is unknown.
> I may have more to say about BIG STAN later.

There's also another GM original, from the 60's, titled THE COOL MAN. I have a copy but haven't read it.


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