RARA-AVIS: Re: E. Richard Johnson

From: Richard Moore ( moorich@aol.com)
Date: 11 Apr 2007

I second the referenced link
( http://mywebpages.comcast.net/monkshould/ERJohnson.html)to an excellent piece on E Richard Johnson by Sue Feder. It is really a fine piece of research and summary of Johnson's life and career.

If there is a note of surprise in this it is because I knew Sue Feder for years and had no idea of her interest in such a hardboiled writer, much less her correspondence with him. She was known for her promotions of and writings about historical mysteries--as witness the Ellis Peters collection THE TRINITY CAT published by Crippen & Landru, which Sue co-edited. I would have loved to have talked to her about Johnson, who I learned from her article was called Emil by his friends but by the time I read her piece she was dead from cancer at a too early age.

Johnson's best work is powerful stuff indeed reflecting his intimate knowledge of a hard life of crime, which he apparently couldn't escape even after he made it with a good publisher and won a parole.

Richard Moore

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "wolansky2006" <wolansky2006@...> wrote:
> I tend to browse in local thrifts, one of the few options for books up
> here in the north. I recently came across a novel by E. Richard
> Johnson . MONGO'S BACK IN TOWN turns out to be his second novel. The
> With some digging, I came acorss one good reerence for Johnson:
> http://mywebpages.comcast.net/monkshould/ERJohnson.html
> There is also an inteview on a French noir site.
> After some further digging, I managed to locate copies of all fo his
> work, including a non-fiction survival book. Too bad he is not better
> known. Granted, not all the novels are good. One is pretty bad but
> the rest do have much to recommend them.

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