RARA-AVIS: Santa Barbara

From: Richard Moore ( moorich2@aol.com)
Date: 02 May 2005

Dennis, welcome to the list. I first became a fan of your's with the Slot-Machine Kelly stories in Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine and look forward to the Crippen & Landru collection when it appears. In due time I also loved the Dan Fortune novels although I didn't know they were by the same author as the Kelly stories.

I know you were a good friend of Bill Gault who I had the great pleasure of knowing as well. He often spoke of the writer's luncheons in Santa Barbara, which I believe you attended as well. Could you describe a typical luncheon? Bill would write about tidbits from the luncheons but I never had a sense of whether there was a formal agenda or if it was a completely informal gathering. With you, Bill and Ross Macdonald attending, it was certainly a group of heavy hitters. Did Sue Grafton join the group as she began her series? Santa Barbara was certainly home to more than its share of great PI/crime writers.

Richard Moore

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