RARA-AVIS: On private eyes in asylums

From: Juri Nummelin (juri.nummelin@pp.inet.fi)
Date: 21 Aug 2009

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    The rare Finnish entry in the hardboiled private eye genre, Jorma Napola's Ruuvikierre (1962), has the hero getting in a rehab center for lunatic alcoholics to find some clues. I believe Reijo Mäki, the most popular private eye writer working in Finland now, snatched this part into one of his Jussi Vares novels.

    I wrote about Napola (in English) here:


    There's also an old pulp story by Peter Paige AKA Morton Wolson, in which the private eye Cash Wale puts his friend into an asylum to spy on a suspect. Steve Lewis's Mystery*File blog has lots of info on Paige/Wolson.


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