RARA-AVIS: Steve Fisher - No House Limit

From: Randy Krbechek (randyk@psnw.com)
Date: 01 Sep 2008

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    Hi -

    I just finished one of the new Hard Case titles, "No House Limit" by Steve Fisher (1958).

    It's a fast and fun read. I stayed up late, and read it in two sittings. The story is set in a casino in Las Vegas. There's an undercurrent of crime, but it's not really a crime or a mystery. Just a good, fast-paced story, with lots of gambling details and lore mixed in.

    I wasn't overwhelmed by "I Wake Up Screaming," but this made me want to explore more by Fisher. The endnote is written by one of his sons, who reports that his father wrote 90 to 100 novels, over 900 short stories, and 120 movies or TV screenplays. The son reports that, in 1946, the family lived three blocks from the house in which Bugsy Siegel was killed.

    Bye. Randy Krbechek Fresno, CA

    P.S. I was disappointed by another recent Hard Case title, "The Murderer Vine" by Shepard Rifkin. Starts out like a smart-aleck private eye story, complete with girl friday, but ends up as a whodunit, with too much jammed into the ending.

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