RARA-AVIS: Re: Toronto fiction (and bookstores)

From: Stewart Wilson ( stewart@stewartwilson.com)
Date: 07 Sep 2004

> : So - in the spirit of the upcoming Bouchercon - could anyone please
> : recommend some of Toronto's crime fiction? It would be nice if we could
> : come up with a nice little reading list. Despite it's size, T.O. doesn't
> : seem to have a body of hardboiled or noir writing comparable to even
> : medium-sized American cities... or am a wrong?

Mr Denton mentions:
> Inspector McDumont series by Hugh Garner
> Charlie Salter series by Eric Wright.

I'll add, in the maybe-not-full-on-hardboiled category, the Ellis Portal series by Rosemary Aubert. The down-and-out Portal gives a nice tour of Toronto from the perspective of the homeless and disenfranchised.

> The Sleuth of Baker Street at 1600 Bayview Avenue,
> Jamie Frasier's place at 427A Queen Street West
> (above a restaurant called Tortilla Flats), which has lots of paperbacks
> and some pulps,
  Jamie has a fair selection of hardcover firsts as well, at market prices (not a place for finding scores in HC, although I've found some great deals on mis-priced hard-to-find paperbacks). Jamie has a huge turnover on the good stuff, so frequent trips are often necessary.

  For HC firsts, Contact Editions at 759 Mount Pleasant is Toronto's premier book store for collectors. Again, market prices, so not for the

  If you're in the neighbourhood of Yonge&Wellesley, Eliot books (584 Yonge) has a very good used mystery section. I always stop in when I'm down there. You won't find too many rarities, but it has a very full selection of the mainstream, at good prices.

Stewart Wilson
Toronto, ON

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