From: Nigel Algar ( montana@dircon.co.uk)
Date: 05 May 2004

Back in 1982 Bill Pronzini wrote GUN IN CHEEK, subtitled 'An affectionate guide to the 'worst' in mystery fiction'. It's an enjoyably learned tour of some of the most convoluted and clumsy writing imaginable. The redoubtable Robert Leslie Bellem, already mentioned as a keen contributor to the Knockout Project, figures heavily in the chapter on tough guys. S J Perelman was apparently an admirer of Bellem's terminally weird style:

"Dan Turner squalling," I yeeped. "Flag your diamonds to Sylvia Hempstead's igloo. There's been a croaking.' (from 'Come Die for Me')

If you like the Knockout Project, you'll love GUN IN CHEEK...


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