RARA-AVIS: Ross Thomas: No Questions Asked

From: William Denton ( buff@pobox.com)
Date: 13 Feb 2005

NO QUESTIONS ASKED (1976) is the last of the St. Ives books Ross Thomas wrote as Oliver Bleeck, I think. Why did he use a pseudonym for that series, and why that name? I wonder. This is a pretty good book, with St. Ives being the go-between when a copy of the first printed edition of Pliny's HISTORIA NATURALIS (1469) is stolen when the owner gets it back from the Library of Congress in Washington, where it was being kept. The first meet with the thieves goes bad and he starts an investigation.

The bad guy was pretty obvious midway through, and St. Ives gets a great clue when someone leaves a name written down in their motel room. How the person got the name is never explained. It's just manna from heaven that lets St. Ives wrap things up nicely. That's not fair, and it bugged me. Nevertheless, it's a solid read.

The Pliny book is real, incidentally, and you can see a page here:


A brief search of the web turns up a bookseller with a copy going for 80,000 euros. In NO QUESTIONS ASKED, it's worth $500,000, and that's 1976 money. Either Thomas had it wrong, or the bookseller's offering a great deal, or Pliny's way down in his Amazon ranking.


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : http://www.miskatonic.org/ : Caveat lector.

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