I'm on the Fact Crime Committee for the Edgar awards this
year, so lately I've been reading a lot of true crime. Most
recently, I've read BIND, TORTURE, KILL - THE INSIDE STORY OF
THE SERIAL KILLER NEXT DOOR by Wenzl, Potter, Kelly, &
Lavinia (four Wichita EAGLE reporters who covered the case);
LONE STAR LAWMEN by Robert Utley; GIRL IN THE CELLAR by Hall
& Slade; MURDER ON THE WHITE SANDS by Corey Recko;
STEALING LINCOLN'S BODY by Thomas J. Craughwell; and CAPTAIN
J.A. BROOKS - TEXAS RANGER by Paul N. Spellman.
In addition to my work on the Fact Crime Committee, I've been
preparing the second part of my two-part DICK TRACY article
for MYSTERICAL-E, which will be devoted to Tracy in prose.
Hence, fictionwise, I've been sticking to books about ol'
square-jaw, including two Whitman juveniles, DICK TRACY - ACE
DETECTIVE and DICK TRACY MEETS THE NIGHT CRAWLER, both
credited to TRACY creator Chester Gould but almost certainly
written by ghosts; DICK TRACY a 1970 PBO by William
Johnstone; Max Allan Collins's trilogy of Tracy novels, DICK
TRACY (a novelization of the film), DICK TRACY GOES TO WAR,
and DICK TRACY MEETS HIS MATCH, as well as a multi-author
anthology of original Tracy short storis edited by Collins
and Martin Greenberg, DICK TRACY - THE SECRET FILES, with
contributions by Edward D. Hoch, Wayne Dundee, Stephen Mertz,
Rex Miller, Francis M. Nevins, Mike Resnick, and Collins
I wasn't able to track down an affordable copy of a Dell PBO,
apparently aimed at adults, from the late
'40's called DICK TRACY AND THE WOO-WOO SISTERS. Copies available for sale are prohibitively expensive.
This was also credited to Gould, but, according to Al Collins, was actually written by a woman ghosting for him.
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