Re: RARA-AVIS: The opening question

From: Joy Matkowski (
Date: 29 Jun 2005

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  I dropped to one knee and fired twice at the black figure outlined against the trees' lighter green. It fell, and almost immediately I saw a shock of blond ... - 154k - Cached - Similar pages which I'm pretty sure isn't what you're looking for.
 (Most "I dropped to one knee" cites were marriage proposals.)


Juri Nummelin asked:
>I had a question about the opening sentence few days back and was
> wondering if it was something by Raoul Whitfield or Frederick Nebel.
> I was also thinking that the quote was in Ron Goulart's pulp
> anthology "The Hardboiled Dicks".
> No one came up with a definite answer. I was lucky enough to find the
> book in my shelves and found the quote - but no attribution to any
> author. It's in the introduction. Goulart writes:
> "For one thing there was the infinite number of ways they had of
> grabbing your attention and pulling you into action. Which this
> assortment of opening books will show:
> [Then come openings of "The Dain Curse", "The Red Wind" and several
> others I don't recognize {and I'm a bit uncertain about Dain}. Then
> comes this:]
> I dropped to one knee and fired twice."
> Goulart never says where these openings come from. He says they are
> from "books", but there are clearly more short stories in it
> (including one Sam Spade story, with the line "My name is Ronald
> Ames") than actual books.
> Now, does anyone recognize the sentence and can tell where it's from?

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