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

From: James Reasoner (
Date: 02 Jan 2003

miker wrote:

> 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.

Unfortunately, it's been years since I saw my copy of the Shayne "bible" that Sam Merwin sent me. If it ever turns up (I know it's still here
*somewhere*), I'll post the damn thing.

> 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. has a lot of the covers on it, as well as other good info. I haven't been there in a while, but an essay about my Shayne writing days is supposed to be posted on it sometime.


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