RARA-AVIS: Re: Jonathan Latimer

From: William Denton ( buff@pobox.com)
Date: 15 Nov 2002

Well, Latimer has defeated me. I gave up on HEADED FOR A HEARSE. I was hoping it'd be a real pippperoo for 1930s month, but half-way through I started skimming and then I just flipped to the end to find out who done it. Latimer also wrote the screenplay for THE GLASS KEY (1942), with Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake. It was on TV the other week and I gave up half-way through it, too. I don't know if I can blame Latimer or Ladd and Lake, who used up most of their limited talent in giving each other the eye.

Max Allan Collins did the introduction to my edition of HEADER FOR A HEARSE, and he says he ranks Latimer up there with Chandler, Hammett and Spillane. I'll give SOLOMON'S VINEYARD another try some day, but Latimer's nowhere near the top of my list.

Mr. Wilson will be sending out details about the voting on the top 10 lists for the 1930s and earlier, so keep an eye peeled and your think-tank heated up.


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : http://www.miskatonic.org/ : Caveat lector.

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