RARA-AVIS: Re: recent finds

From: Richard Moore ( moorich@aol.com)
Date: 08 Jun 2007

I've always had a special fondness for THE ONE-DOLLAR RIP-OFF by Ralph Dennis, which was the ninth novel featuring Jim Hardman. It opens with Hardman and Hump Evans drinking at George's Deli and a football pool on the Monday night game floats between that bar and Moe and Joe's next door. Dennis even drops in the bartender of George's during that time Sam Najjar as a minor character. Dennis had a favorite booth in George's Deli and lived close enough to walk to and from the bar.

Although much of Atlanta has changed since the 1970s, those two bars are still operating on North Highland Avenue in the Virginia Highlands neighborhood, although George's has dropped the "Deli" from the name.

The story is a quirky one as it begins with Hump being cheated out of his winnings from a one dollar football bet and he won't let it go.

Richard Moore

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, DJ-Anonyme@... wrote:
> Found some good ones today (most by writers whose names I learned
> The Big Guy by Wade Miller, "The Hemingway of Suspense," as the
> proclaims him/them -- grabbed this without really looking at it,
as I
> would any Wade Miller I don't have; when I got home, I was
thrilled to
> find it was not only a Gold Medal first edition, but actually
signed by
> Bob Wade (printed underneath the signature was DBA Wade Miller --
> have any idea what DBA means?)
> The Men from the Boys by Ed Lacy
> Hardman #9: The One-Dollar Rip-Off by Ralph Dennis
> The Taming of Carney Wilde by Bart Spicer
> Cases by Joe Gores (the only novel of his I haven't read except
for his
> new one)
> For Murder I Charge More by Frank McAuliffe (have the first two
> Mandrell collections, been looking for this one)
> The Thrill Kids by Vin Packer ("A Real Shocker" according to
Richard S.
> Prather)
> I'm a very happy camper right now.
> Mark

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