Re: RARA-AVIS: Humour

From: James Reasoner (
Date: 10 Mar 2005

----- Original Message ----- From: "Juri Nummelin" <> To: <> Sent: Thursday, March 10, 2005 4:48 AM Subject: RARA-AVIS: Humour

> Frank Gruber's books about Johnny Fletcher are funny and mildly
> hardboiled. Belongs to the screwboiled genre (love that term!).
> From early fourties to early sixties, some of the books were
> paperbacks.

Gruber's mysteries definitely belong in that category. His Westerns, on the other hand, are uniformly bleak and grim.

> Merle Constiner's Western novels from the fifties and sixties are
> very tough and in their toughness there's a great deal of humour.
> I haven't read any of Constiner's crime stories or his sole novel
> of the genre, "Hearse of a Different Color".

Constiner's pulp private eye stories that I've read have all had a lot of bizarre humor to them. Norbert Davis's stories about Max Latin and Bail Bond Dodd are funny.

And then, of course, there's Robert Leslie Bellem . . .


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