RARA-AVIS: Latimer

From: Mbdlevin@aol.com
Date: 16 Nov 2002

Bill Denton writes:

<< Well, Latimer has defeated me. I gave up on HEADED FOR A HEARSE. >>

My reaction to Latimer's Bill Crane books is the opposite. I wish there were more. It's true that the books contain lots of drinking and parties that don't always seem to be leading anywhere, but that never bothered me. The best are probably Lady in the Morgue and Murder in the Madhouse. If you don't like the first couple scenes in Madhouse, Latimer is probably not for you. Bill--did you get to the lemon squeezer scene in Hearse? That's the part that I can remember best--some casual dining, a flippant Crane, and this guy getting horribly tortured. With a few exceptions, I don't read a lot of humorous crime fiction, but I sure like Latimer. Does anyone know any other writers from the 1930s and 1940s who wrote in the Latimer vein? Are there any Bill Crane knock-offs?


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