Re: RARA-AVIS: Kelly into Fortune

From: Dennis Lynds (
Date: 04 Jun 2005

> You've mentioned that Slot-Machine Kelly was
> essentially the same character as Dan Fortune.

    I didn't say they were essentially the same character, far from it. What I said was that over the span of the thirteen Kelly stories Kelly evolved into a character much closer to Dan.

> That being the case, did it ever occur to you when you
> were putting together either of your two collections
> of Fortune short stories, to take any of the the Kelly
> stories and reprint them as Fortune stories, the way
> Chandler changed Carmady and Dalmas to Marlowe for THE
> SIMPLE ART OF MURDER and Ross Macdonald changed Joe
> Rogers to Lew Archer for THE NAME IS ARCHER.
When I took the final step to Dan Fortune, I used the last Kelly story,
"Viking Blood" as the basis for ACT OF FEAR. A few years later I used "The Dreamer" as the basis for SILENT SCREAM, and a few years after that I rewrote the next to the last Kelly story, "The Hero" into the Fortune story
"Eighty Million Dead."

Most of the other Kelly storties did not reallly fit Dan Fortune---too light and tongue in cheek.



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