RARA-AVIS: Politics and Dennis Lynds's work for hire

From: Juri Nummelin ( juri.nummelin@pp.inet.fi)
Date: 16 May 2005

Mr. Lynds,

you've done a lot of work for hire - Mike Shaynes, Charlie Chans, Shadows, Nick Carters. One of your remarkable achievements is that you've been able to deliver your social opinions into these works. At least in your one Mike Shayne novel there's a lot of warmth and social concern that is notably lacking in Davis Dresser's original works (which is why I liked your book more than the originals) and that strongly resembles the issues you have in "Act of Fear" or other more serious novels. The same with your Nick Carters: they were not only more hardboiled than the usual entries in the series, but it was amazing that one could recognize it being written by you. I forget the details, but I was amazed how an author did get away with this.

How have you been able to manage with that, even in a series like Nick Carter that's pretty far away from your politics? Have you ever received any comments from the editors and publishers? Any censorship?

I haven't read any of your Shadows or Charlie Chans, so I can't say anything about them in this context.

On a lighter note, I'd very interested to hear more about your work for hire: how did you get the jobs, how was it to write them, were they very quick jobs etc.

Juri http://pulpetti.blogspot.com

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