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

From: kerkhoc ( Claus_Kerkhoff@web.de)
Date: 25 Aug 2006

Dear Ed,

>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.

William Krasner is also one of my all-time-favorites, in particular his Sam Birge/Charley Hagen novels.

In addition to Anthony Boucher, novels of William Krasner were acclaimed by Raymond Chandler and Charles Willeford. The first Birge/Hagen novel "Walk the Dark Street" (1949, nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Awards/Best First Novel in 1950) was mentioned in Raymond Chandler's Favorite Mysteries, and Charles Willeford characterized his third Sam Birge novel "Death of a Minor Poet" (1984) as novelization of 24hrs-investigation day with high literarily impact. Unfortunately, his Birge/Hagen novels were not bestselling. Krasner had problems to find American publishers. For example, his fifth novel
"Death, the Dancer" (1990) was only published in Germany. Therefore, Krasner stopped his career as a mystery writer and continued his work as a free-lance or staff writer for various scientific and social science magazines and journals. Krasner also wrote and produced nearly 100 television and radio documentary programs, radio dramas, movie scripts, play scripts, and novel dramatizations for television.

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