RARA-AVIS: Mysteries Solved, Mysteries Raised

From: Kevin Burton Smith (kvnsmith@thrillingdetective.com)
Date: 17 Oct 2010

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    On Oct 17, 2010, at 3:06 AM, rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com wrote:

    > Nope, your mooted solution to that particular perceived mystery sounds utterly
    > implausible to me. But then it would. They don't do mysteries anymore where
    > the culprit is betrayed by the initials on his monogrammed suitcases. I don't
    > know where the other Patrick K is from, but I live in Dublin, turned sixty this
    > year, and can be easily distinguished by being one of the few members here who
    > has had nothing whatsoever published and has no connection to a publishing
    > house. God but you've managed to dent my faith in my uniqueness and originality
    > of thought, and I can't even attend a Hard Boiled convention in America to prove
    > my point, given my current financial difficulties and the price of flights from
    > Ireland.
    > Hmmm... now that I think of it, Patrick King could be Stephen King's long lost
    > twin brother - or even the great man himself carelessly incognito... Worth
    > considering -- or perhaps not.

    Well, I'm glad that mystery's solved.

    It's just you guys seem sort of on the same wavelength, and of course by the time I get to the bottom, it's signed Patrick. I'm sure I've attributed (and replied to) various posts to the wrong person on occasion. Hell, I'm still trying to sort out the Jacques/Mario/time/space continuum. But now that I know there are two of you, I guess I can understand the occasionally contradictory and malleable viewpoints a little more easily.

    And Todd wrote:

    > You'll have to address him offlist, unless he reads the public access...Zeltserman has resigned from the list.

    Dave left? How peculiar. He had just e-mailed me offlist insisting he wasn't threatening to leave at all, and that I had misunderstand that post. Are you sure? Because someone else told us Jim Dougherty left because of someone or another's behaviour on the list. I asked him about that this weekend in San Francisco and he seemed mystified. He denied having left the list, and said he'd' just been busy.

    I think a lot of us could understand that.


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