RARA-AVIS: Re: The Kanes and other memories

From: Richard Moore ( moorich2@aol.com)
Date: 29 Dec 2005

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, DJ-Anonyme@w... wrote:
> I've got a Gold Medal paperback tie-in novel of Johnny Staccato by
> Boyd. Do I remember correctly that that was a pseudonym of Frank
> And I've got a Dell paperback tie-in novel of Peter Gunn by Henry
> Haven't read either.
> Mark
Frank Boyd was a pseudonym of Frank Kane and that tie-in was by Kane. I've never read the novel but several episodes of the Johnny Staccato series were quite good. There is one featuring Cloris Leachman that is very stark with one moment that judging by the gasps when I showed it last year to a few friends still has the power to shock.

I have the Henry Kane Peter Gunn novel and read it new off the stands 45 years ago and recall enjoying it. Kane's style suited the Peter Gunn character. I remember he had Gunn call PI Peter Chambers in one scene to give his own character a walk-on cameo.

Kane's Peter Chambers novels featured a breezy patter that some enjoyed and others hated. I thought the better Chambers novels were fun reads. I also enjoyed Thorne Smith and Richard Prather. It's been years since I've read any of them but I may circle back to see how they hold up.

Nearing sixty I've recently returned to old reading favorites, such as Keith Laumer, who held up well, and have just started to reread John Brunner. Actually, I am sampling Brunner I missed during my SF reading heyday. Brunner wrote a good bit outside the SF realm. I am currently reading his HONKY IN THE WOODPILE (1971), the third thriller featuring Max Curfew, a black espionage agent. It is bitterly militant, which may explain why it was never published in the U.S. The title lured me into ordering a copy and based on the first third, I'm glad I did.

I was a SF fan before getting into mysteries and the cross-over writers like Fred Brown and Henry Kuttner first bridged me into reading mysteries.

Richard Moore

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