Re: RARA-AVIS: RE: The Fat Man on TV

Date: 18 Jan 2005


Re your response to Duane's question below:

> "And, to keep it on topic, wasn't there a CANNON
> tie-in novel by WIlliam
> Johnstone or Harry Whittington or somebody?"
> Wasn't it Jim Thompson?

There were a half-dozen or so novels based on the CANNON TV series, written (or credited to) three different writers, Richard Gallagher, Paul Denver, and Douglas Enfer. I've never heard of any of these writers, and for all I know, they may have been "house names" that the publisher slapped onto the books regardless of who they actually hired to write them.

I've never read the CANNON novels, but I believe
(perhaps Kevin or Gary or Bill or some other more knowledgeable PI/paperback guru can say for sure) that the novels were original stories rather than novelizations of scripts that had been produced for the TV series.

Jim Thompson wrote an original novel called IRONSIDE, based on the Raymond Burr cop show. It' supposed to be fairly expensive these days if you come across a copy.

According to a friend of mine out in California, there was talk some years ago of doing a new, feature-length theatrical version of IRONSIDE, with a script based on the Thompson novel. I don't know what ever came of that project, if, in fact, the rumor was accurate.


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