Bill Pronzini has consistently championed Dewey's work.
He put strong reviews of three Dewey novels into 1001 MIDNIGHTS, including an impassioned one of A SAD SONG SINGING in which he calls the book "one of the ten best private eye novels ever written".
--- On Sun, 12/28/08, jacquesdebierue <email@example.com> wrote:
From: jacquesdebierue <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: RARA-AVIS: Re:Rare Books: Miss Doll, Go Home
Date: Sunday, December 28, 2008, 4:33 PM
--- In rara-avis-l@ yahoogroups. com, "Dick Lochte" <dlochte@... > wrote:
> 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
> portrait of the times. In his later career, Dewey seemed to shift a
> 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.
Also, totally out of print. I like Dewey and I don't find him inferior
to Ross Macdonald. I don't know that Dewey ever had a champion among
reviewers, maybe that's the problem.
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