RARA-AVIS: Frederick Ungar Recognitions series: Hamett, JDM, Ross Macd, etc.

From: William Denton ( buff@pobox.com)
Date: 10 Aug 2004

I picked up Dennis Dooley's DASHIELL HAMMETT (New York: Frederick Ungar, 1984) a couple of days ago. It looks good, and Mr. Duggan and Mr. Spurlock both recommended it in February 2002, according to the archives.

It's part of a series called Recognitions, it seems, with one Bruce Cassiday editing the mystery half (they also did SF). There's RAYMOND CHANDLER by Jerry Speir, JOHN D. MACDONALD by David Geherin, ROSS MACDONALD by Speir again, and SONS OF SAM SPADE: THE PRIVATE EYE NOVEL IN THE 70S, by Geherin. There are others on P.D. James, pre-Sherlockian detectives, and so on listed as well, and they did a few more after 1984. It looks like an interesting series. What are the Speir and Geherin books like?

I searched Google on ("frederick ungar" recognitions) and the first hit was from geek publisher Tim O'Reilly, who wrote FRANK HERBERT for the SF part of the series. He talks a bit about the publisher here:



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