RARA-AVIS: bertha cool

From: Gary ( piesbook@execpc.com)
Date: 20 Jan 2005

> From: William Denton < buff@pobox.com>
> Subject: Top of the Heap, by ESG
> Does Bertha Cool play more of a role in the other books than in this one?
> Here she's around at the start and the finish, but mostly it's Lam on his
> own.

Bill: Glad to hear you like this series. I love these books and think they are under praised in the P. I. genre. For the book with Bertha in her biggest role, try Bats Fly at Dusk or Cats Prowl at Night. Fair (Gardner) recognized that during WWII he had to have Donald serving, so Bertha is on her own for these two cases. However, Fair gets Donald in the action through letters and a leave! Oddly, the reprint has Donald on vacation rather then in the service, which is which books should never be allowed to be revised.

Best, GWN Gary Warren Niebuhr P. O. Box 341218 Milwaukee, WI 53234 piesbook@execpc.com http://my.execpc.com/~piesbook/piescatalog.html Author of MAKE MINE A MYSTERY and A READERS GUIDE TO THE PRIVATE EYE NOVEL

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