Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Automotive Noir

From: Karin Montin (
Date: 16 Jul 2010

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    Harry, I see from the archives that you know about 32 Cadillacs by Joe Gores. For anyone who doesn't, it's a fast-paced PI novel with a strong comic element and a cast of quirky characters. The plot involves a bunch of Gypsies who manage to steal 32 cadillacs (in one day? two?), and the PI firm that goes after them. I highly recommend it.

    OT, but I'll just throw this in anyway: Stand on It, by William Neely and Robert Ottum. Amazon product description: "Stand on It is the ribald, lunatic 'autobiography' of one of the craziest, meanest race car drivers who ever lived -- Stroker Ace. Filled with the gritty authenticity and roaring excitement of the professional racing world, Stand on It is a hard, tough, funny novel that explodes with life as you follow Stroker Ace's drinking, loving, brawling exploits in bedrooms and back rooms and on the track.

    I thought it was great when I read it as a teenager, but no guarantees. The movie Stroker Ace, with Burt Reynolds, was supposedly terrible.


    On 14/07/2010 5:38 PM, Harry Joseph Lerner wrote:
    > Wow! Thanks so much to everyone that responded to my request. So many great leads to track down! They are going to keep my busy for quite a while! If anyone thinks of any other examples please let me know.


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