Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: (BLACK WINGS HAS...) was: Missing Black Lizard editions

Date: 20 Jan 2008

Speaking of hard to find items (this seems to be a recurring theme of late), I was recently scouring the Galactic Central website's Magazine section ( for the citation information for an article in THE ARMCHAIR DETECTIVE, and managed to glean the info I needed by reading the article titles on the cover scans.

In the process of doing so, I found (I'm sure to no Rara-Avian's surprise) many other article titles listed on various covers that piqued my interest. My question is this: is there any online source for electronic journals that might carry digital versions of back issues of THE ARMCHAIR DETECTIVE? Since I taught there last year, I have had access to the supply of e-journals provided by my local university, but they do not carry this particular publication.

I've seen a few issues for sale on Amazon but they do not come cheap. The Winter issue for 1981 (Vol. 14, No. 1) with Hammett in partial silhouette on the cover was going for over $300! There is also (or perhaps by now was) a meager selection on E Bay for about $10 or $12 each, one of which I've already bought.

Thanks in advance! Harry

Quoting m23to53 <>:

>> This one is in the public domain. There will probably be a movie
> tie-in
>> when/if the movie comes out.
>> Jeff
> Probably just as rare as the original pb edition is the UK Robert
> hale edition of 1984, retitled 'One for the Money'.
> Robert Hale are what we call a library publisher and most of their
> titles thus are bought by libraries, so few copies of their titles
> seem to be bought by readers. I have yet to see a copy of 'One for
> the money' on the likes of ABE (though I may have missed them though
> my random checking). They actually reprinted most Chaze titles in the
> 1980s, all of which are probably as hard to come by.
> Most of Hale's fiction output has been mediocre fiction aimed at
> libraries who buy in quantity rather than by author. But there have
> been a few decent items like early Estelmans and Pronzinis.
> regards
> John

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