Re: RARA-AVIS: Bill S. Ballinger

From: Doug Bassett (
Date: 03 Aug 2003

--- JIM DOHERTY <> wrote:
> Bill,
> Re your question below:
> > What's the word on [Bill] Ballinger?
> An Iowa native, Ballinger worked in advertising and
> broadcasting in Chicago and New York, and had
> traveled
> extensively all over the world by the time he
> settled
> in Southern California to break into screenwriting.
> In addition to the two Barr Breed PI novels, he also
> wrote, during the 1960s espionage boom, a series of
> five books about Joaquin Hawks, an American Indian
> agent operating in Southeast Asia.
> Three stand-alone books, PORTRAIT IN SMOKE, THE
> AND THE NAIL, and THE LONGEST SECOND are generally
> regarded as his best novels. They were collected in
> an omnibus volume entitled TRYPTYCH.

I have a paperback that republishes the first two, PORTRAIT and TOOTH. PORTRAIT was very fine, as I remember, a rather downbeat, noirish meditation on the reality behind illusion. TOOTH had something to do with magicians and lost me early.

I've read one of the Joaquin Hawks books and it's pretty bad -- and that's coming from someone who has a fairly high tolerance for the cliches of the genre.


===== Doug Bassett

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