RE: RARA-AVIS: The Police Procedural in the 1940s

From: Robison Michael R CNIN (
Date: 02 Jan 2003

Thanks for the comments on the origin and evolution of police procedurals, Jim. It's nice to step back from the small print every so often and get a big picture view of the genre.
  Also thanks for the Forties top ten list. The only two I had read were SOLOMON'S VINEYARD and A TASTE FOR VIOLENCE. Although Halliday's novel didn't make it into my "top" list, I still thought it was well-written, smart, and interesting. Rumor is that the best Mike Shayne's are when he goes out of state. Browsing the archives on Shayne was interesting. Not only has James Reasoner written a few of them, but he also has a Shayne "handbook" that evidently lists a bunch of Shayne characteristics so that future writers could keep the character consistent. Cool.

Browsing the web for Shayne "netted" me some nice cover art by McGinnis (sp?), too, along with some other covers for Spillane and JD MacDonald.


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