Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: 1940s British Crime/Noir Titles

From: Brian Thornton (
Date: 02 Nov 2009

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    Not sure why I didn't think of him earlier, but Eric Ambler (A COFFIN FOR DIMITRIOS, JOURNEY INTO FEAR) should be part of any discussion along these lines.


    On Mon, Nov 2, 2009 at 2:04 PM, jwwoolley <> wrote:

    > --- In <>,
    > "manda1623texas" <amandatstanford@...> wrote:
    > >
    > > I was wondering if anyone would know of good, perhaps not well-known,
    > authors writing in the 1940s in Britain?
    > "Manning Coles", the pseudonym for the team of Adelaide Frances Oke Manning
    > (1891-1959) and Cyril Henry Coles (1899-1965) -- thank you, Wikipedia --
    > wrote quite a few espionage thrillers during the 40s and 50s. Most of them
    > are pretty lightweight stuff, entertaining enough but without much impact.
    > But the first two, A DRINK TO YESTERDAY and A TOAST TO TOMORROW are
    > excellent, and DRINK is as noir as anything. I first read it aetate 12 or
    > so, and was thrilled (and still am) with its deep "world-sadness". Highly
    > recommended.
    > -- John Woolley

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