RARA-AVIS: Re: What Are You Reading?

From: JIM DOHERTY ( jimdohertyjr@yahoo.com)
Date: 20 Sep 2007

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 himself.

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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