Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Wade Miller & Whit Masterson = best reads, most desired...??

From: ginger g (
Date: 04 Jul 2006

--- JIM DOHERTY <> wrote:

> AP,
> Re your questions below
> "1) What's your Fave WM/WM title, and why...??"
> Favorite Miller, GUILTY BYSTANDER. I liked the
> notion
> of a hard-drinking PI who actually was affected, and
> not in a comical way, by what he drank. The idea of
> an alcoholic detective who cleans himself up, almost
> overnight, to come to the aid of a loved one will be
> recycled years later in Mickey Spilane's "comeback"
> Favorite Masterson: A toss-up between 711 -OFFICER
> DEAD. The first is a procedural about a cop who
> gets
> into a questionable shooting when the gun he says
> the
> man he shot pulled on him turns up missing. It sort
> of segues into a PI story when, suspended, he has to
> work on his own to prove his innocence. Also made a
> great movie with David Jansen.
> The second is a more straightforward cop novel
> dealing, presciently, with the problem of custodial
> abductions, as a tough cop, angling for a promotion,
> must track down an unbalanced father who's taken his
> son from his ex-wife, the custodial parent.
> Strongly
> suspenseful, with a villain both frightening and
> sympathetic.
> In a way, neither of my "Masterson" choices count,
> since they were written after the death of Bill
> Miller. When Bob Wade was left, "Wade Miller" was
> retired, and Wade carried on alone, most often as
> "Masterson."
> "2) Which WM/WM title would you most like to see
> back
> in print, and why...??"
> Miller's DEADLY WEAPON, a one-off PI novel (though
> sharing some of the same supporting characters as
> the
> Thursday series) that was their first novel.
> Masterson's A HAMMER IN HIS HAND, perhaps the last
> actual collaboration between Wade and Miller,
> features
> a policewoman on the trail of a serial killer
> decades
> before Thomas Harris wrote THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS.
> Main reason for both. I've never seen either of
> them,
> though I've heard about them for years, and would
> love
> the chance to read them.
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