Re: RARA-AVIS: Info on Hank Janson??

From: Al Guthrie (
Date: 31 Mar 2003

----- Original Message ----- From: "GERLACH, Steven" <>
> A new (old?) range of Hank Janson pulps are being released this year by a
> publisher in hardback form. They sure look like an interesting collection
to me, but I've never read or
> heard of Hank Janson. Can anyone give me their views on whether he's well
> worth the read?

There used to be more information than you ever wanted to know at but it would appear that the account has been suspended and the website no longer exists. Beginning in the mid-forties, Hank Janson (pen name of Stephen Frances), along with Ben Sarto (Frank Dubrez Fawcett) and Darcy Glinto (Harold Kelly) wrote imitative gangster novels to exploit the mass market created by US hardboiled writers. Janson was extraordinarily prolific, so I've no excuse for not having yet read any of his books. Thanks for the link. Prion were supposed to be reissuing a few of them last year, but they seem to have passed on the opportunity.


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