RARA-AVIS: Re: Wade Miller recommendations?

From: JIM DOHERTY (jimdohertyjr@yahoo.com)
Date: 15 Apr 2009

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    Re your question below:

    "I recently read the Wade Miller reprints done by Hard Case and Stark House and enjoyed all three of them. What are some of the highlight Wade Miller books I should read next?"

    Aside from the excellent private eye series featuring Max Thursday written as "Wade Miller," which I'll leave to others to sing the praises of, Bob Wade and Bill Miller also collaborated on several excellent cop novels as "Whit Masterson." One of them, BADGE OF EVIL, became a minor film noir you've probably never heard of called, IIRC, TOUCH OF EVIL. Starred a guy named Orson something-or-other. He also wrote and directed the film.

    Another good 'un is A HAMMER IN HIS HAND, one of the first procedurals to feature a policewoman as the protagonist. It's about the search for a serial killer, years before either Dorothy Uhnak's THE BAIT or Thomas Harris's THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS would explore the similar theme of a lady cop on the trail of a multiple murderer.

    After Miller's death, Wade carried on alone as Masterson. 711 - OFFICER NEEDS HELP, about a cop who killed a man in a controversial shooting, and PLAY LIKE YOU'RE DEAD, an early look at custodial abductions years before it became a hot topic, are both highly recommended.

    Last I heard, Wade was still active as a mystery critic for one of the San Diego papers.



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