RARA-AVIS: Re: Harlequin

From: jacquesdebierue (jacquesdebierue@yahoo.com)
Date: 02 Dec 2009

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    --- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, Kevin Burton Smith <kvnsmith@...> wrote:

    > Harlequin printed a ton of much by much better or at least more interesting (to me, anyway) crime authors (including Wade Miller, Robert Leslie Bellem, Harry Whittington, Frank Kane, Ronald Cooke, Day Keene, Cleve Adams, David Montrose, Robert O. Saber and David Goodis). I dunno -- maybe they didn't own the rights anymore. Or the covers weren't as juicy.

    You can never have enough Wade Miller in print... those guys were great. I am rereading a bunch of their novels and besides the quality of writing, what astonishes me is how modern they seem. Their treatment of sexuality is quite explicit and well done, and does not correspond to any clichés one might have about censorship and such. Maybe the censors didn't pay much attention to Gold Medals, Signets and other paperback publications.

    Of your list, I am also very fond of Bellem. I think he was an original, and he makes me laugh hard. He must have done something right... Some of his plots seem written by a madman.



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