RARA-AVIS: Re: William Krasner -- "film noir on the page"

From: davividavid ( davividavid@yahoo.com)
Date: 24 Aug 2006

i just saw a first ed. hardcover w/dust jacket of the Gambler for only ten bucks at ABEbooks. you might want to grab that. as per your recommend, i am going to pick up a 1952 Bantam and give him a read. thanks.

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "e_lynskey" <e_lynskey@...> wrote:
> I recently finished reading William Krasner's standalone, THE
> GAMBLER. Originally published in 1950 by Harper, the edition I used
> was the Harper Classic Mystery reissue put out in 1978.
> Krasner is best know for his Detective Capt. Sam Birge series. The
> debut title in 1949, WALK THE DARK STREETS, garnered an Edgar
> nomination for Best First Novel.
> Krasner was once called "film noir on the page" and after finishing
> THE GAMBLER, I'd agree. The light and shadow imagery he uses in
> scenes is detailed and descriptive. I liked it. The noir elements
> ooze off the pages. Ben Wulfson, a small-time craps dealer, has a
> dysfunctional romance with the pale, sickly Alice. And that's
> cheerful part of the book.
> A St. Louis native and WW II vet, Krasner died a few years ago from
> a heart attack in Pennsylvania. He brought out several books in the
> 1980s. Anthony Boucher was a big fan. Krasner has to be one of
> those noir pioneer writers lost in the turn of the century.
> Ed Lynskey

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