RARA-AVIS: Re: E. Richard Johnson

From: JIM DOHERTY ( jimdohertyjr@yahoo.com)
Date: 12 Apr 2007


Re your comment below:

"Certainly Johnson deserves better by today's publishers. It would be nice to see an omnibus volume or three to five of his works as all seem to be out of print."

Not only that, but, according to some sources, he left behind several unpublished MS's at the time he died, including at least one novel featuring his series character, homicide detective Tony Lonto, the hero of his Edgar-winner SILVER STREET.

The years Johnson won his Edgar for Best First Novel, by the way, was kind of an historic occasion. He and another writer ended up in a tie, and shared the award.

The other winner was Dorothy Uhnak, a detective in the NYC Transit Police. She won for THE BAIT.

Both books were police procedurals.

Both depicted the hunt for a serial killer.

Both won the Edgar for Best First Novel.

One was by a cop; the other by a convict.

If it happened in a fictional story, people would say it was to unbelievable. It could only have happened in real life.


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