RARA-AVIS: Re:Rare Books: Miss Doll, Go Home

From: Dick Lochte (dlochte@gmail.com)
Date: 28 Dec 2008

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    Re beatniks in p.i. novels:

    Ross Macdonald's The Zebra-Striped Hearse Thomas B. Dewey's A Sad Song Singing.

    The latter is not one of Dewey's best, though it gives a pretty realistic portrait of the times. In his later career, Dewey seemed to shift a little from his Hammett-inspired lean, objective writing, dipping into sentimentality, as he does here. Still, it's well worth reading. Dewey remains among the most underappreciated of the followers of Hammett.

    Dick Lochte

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