Re: RARA-AVIS: Dennis Lynds

Date: 12 Oct 2004


Re your message below:

> [Having Dennis Lynds as a guest] would be cool.
> Plenty of time to read some of his work.

A few weeks ago, someone was asking for hard-boiled WW2 military novels. Dennis's first novel, COMBAT SOLDIER, came up. I found out from Dennis when we met at B'Con that he recently arranged to have COMBAT SOLDIER reprinted by Iuniverse. You can order it from Amazon here:

> Any suggestions?

Try to read at least one entry in each of his three PI series. His most famous PI is Dan Fortune, the one-armed Manhattan shamus who was introduced in the Edgar-winning ACT OF FEAR. These are written under the pseudonym of "Michael Collins." Fortune has appeared in two very good collections of short stories, CRIME, PUNISHMENT, AND RESURRECTION and FORTUNE'S WORLD. In more recent books, Fortune has moved from NYC to Santa Barbara, CA. Fortune was preceded by "Slot-Machine" Kelly, another one-armed NYC gumshoe who appeared in short stories written by Lynds under his own name.

My second favorite Lynds PI is industrial security specialist Kane Jackson, who was introduced in A DARK POWER. He wrote these as "William Arden." "Arden" was also the persona he used for some juvenile/young adult PI stories he wrote about "The Three Investigators," and for his Edgar-nominated espionage short, "Success of a Mission."

Ritzy, high-class PI Paul Shaw, whose big-time agency has offices in both New York and California, made his first appearance in THE FALLING MAN, written as by
"Mark Sadler."


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