RARA-AVIS: Re: Dolores Hitchens

From: Steve Lewis ( stevelewis62@cox.net)
Date: 11 Mar 2006


Thanks for the correction and the additional comments. This is EXACTLY what we (Victor, Bill and I) need, and that's feedback to fix up and add to what we've already found out about these authors. The way I look at it, for each one of them, there's always a good reason why they shouldn't be forgotten.

I'll add this as a Footnote to the checklist right away. http://www.mysteryfile.com/ZiffDavis/Fingerprint.html



At 10:58 AM 3/11/2006, you wrote:
>Great article, Steve. One correction, however.
>Dolores Hitchens's husband, Bert, wasn't a railroad
>superintendant. He was a railroad DETECTIVE.
>Specifically, he was an investigator for the Southern
>Pacific Railroad Police (which, coincidentally, was
>the same department my grandfather, the first member
>of my family to go into law enforcement, worked for).
>The five novels she collaborated on with her husband
>were police procedurals about a squad of railroad cops
>in LA. Each book put on a different cop or set of
>cops in the lead. They'd recede into supporting roles
>in other books in the series. Debuting a year before
>McBain's first 87th Precinct book, they actually
>anticipate his concept of a "corporate hero."
>Indeed, they actually carry that concept to fuller
>fruition, since, in the 87th Precinct series, Steve
>Carella very quickly became "first among equals,"
>while, in the Hitchens's railroad police series, no
>one character ever rose to that level of prominence.

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