From: William Denton ( buff@pobox.com)
Date: 15 Aug 2003

I whizzed through Bill Ballinger's THE LONGEST SECOND (1957) today. It opens with a twist on the old "man wakes up with amnesia and the bad guys are after him" set-up, and it's not the "man wakes up with amnesia, in a bed beside a dead blonde, and the bad guys are after him" variant. It's
"man wakes up with amnesia and a slit throat, then wakes up again in the hospital, and the bad guys are after him."

It's told fairly briskly, with some quotes from Nietzsche and practical advice on silversmithing, but any book like this needs to rely on coincidence and luck for the hero to figure out who he is and why he's being chased. It'd be interesting to read a bleak noir crime novel about a guy who wakes up with amnesia, perhaps beside a dead blonde, but never figures out who he is or why he's being chased. He never gets back his old life.


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : http://www.miskatonic.org/ : Caveat lector.

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