RARA-AVIS: Vin extraordinaire: Guthrie, Robison, et al.

From: Todd Mason ( Todd.Mason@tvguide.com)
Date: 15 Aug 2002

Saddening that while Vin Packer (Marijane Meeker) has written her autobio, it says Very Little about her Gold Medal years, inasmuch as it's mostly aimed at her YA fans and published under her YA pseud, M. E. Kerr. Called ME ME ME ME ME: NOT A NOVEL if I recall. While some of her YA novels are lesbian-friendly, softpedalling her lesbian-novel years probably seemed a good idea for the comfort of junior-high librarians and such. It does mention, as I've probably mentioned here before, that she went to college with eventual fellow GMian Richard Matheson. TM
-----Original Message----- From: Al Guthrie [mailto: allanguthrie@ukonline.co.uk]

----- Original Message ----- From: "Robison Michael R CNIN" < Robison_M@crane.navy.mil>
> Al said:
> ...you should go for THE DAMNATION OF ADAM BLESSING.
> I don't know if you own the Big Book of Noir, Mike, but I
> think you'd find it a useful investment.
> ************
> Thanks, Al. I saw that one offered by several buyers at
> Abebooks. I'll see if I can pick it up cheap. It appears
> that I'm in luck searching for old hardboiled that centered
> mostly on tough guys and violence. Their price is mostly
> within reason. I don't make enough money to buy the lesbian
> sex and drug novels from the Gold Medal era.

 Vin Packer is discussed as well, so I
> figure its about time to dig something up by her. Just
> scanning the Vin Packer article gave me the names of the
> two books I mentioned in my post, COME DESTROY ME and
> WHISPER HIS SIN, but, as I mentioned, I wasn't sure about
> the subject of the books.

I found this intriguing comment by Ed Gorman in THE BIG BOOK. Referring to Vin Packer's SOMETHING IN THE SHADOWS he describes it as "one of the most breathtakingly cunning crime tales I've ever come across." Given how well-read Gorman is, that's really saying something. I gotta have it.

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