RARA-AVIS: Re: Missing Authors: Jonathan Valin

From: jacquesdebierue ( jacquesdebierue@yahoo.com)
Date: 05 Apr 2008

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, Kevin Burton Smith <kvnsmith@...> wrote:
<<And then there's Joseph Hansen, who's no longer missing; just dead, but who for a while shared a paperback publisher with Lyons. I don't think enough people are aware of just how good Hansen's books featuring gay insurance investigator Dave Brandstetter really were; Hammett-terse, but Macdonald-nasty. Like the late Dennis Lynds, who was our guest here a while back, he was one of those guys who quietly but substantially changed the genre, by exploring and exploiting possibilities people like Hammett and Chandler had only (perhaps unintentionally) hinted at.>>

I like Hansen. I still have a couple of his novels to read... his stories hold together beyond the crime investigation; solid stuff, and as you say, Hansen did expand the genre in a quiet way. Same with Lynds and Greenleaf. In fact, Greenleaf may be the greatest of the Ross Macdonald disciples. After his first couple of books, he greatly expanded that type of story based on skeletons from the past. Is he still writing or also missing? I should ask if he's publishing... writing and publishing (getting published) are not the same thing.



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