Category Archives: New York

THE COMPLETE CASES OF INSPECTOR ALLHOFF by DL Champion

The armchair sleuth has been a fixture of mystery fiction from the days of Baroness Orczy’s ‘old man in the corner’ and Jacques Futrelle’s SFX Van Dusen. However, the frankly insane Inspector Allhoff was surely pulp fiction’s first wheelchair-bound detective. … Continue reading

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CLEAN BREAK (1955) by Lionel White

I’d not read anything by Lionel White (1905-1985) before but was really looking forward to it, being a huge fan of the movie adaptation. This story of a racecourse heist that (of course) goes wrong was filmed very shortly after … Continue reading

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BURY ME DEEP (1947) by Harold Q. Masur

This was the first in the series featuring New York lawyer Scott Jordan. It opens with a great screwball variant on that hardboiled cliché of a man waking up with a hangover and an unknown dead blonde in his bed. … Continue reading

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THE LIVING SHADOW (1931) by Maxwell Grant

One of the great figures from the pulp magazines era, The Shadow was also something of a multimedia phenomenon in the 1930s. This was the first novel in which the vigilante appeared and was penned by the ultra prolific Walter B. … Continue reading

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THE FURY (1976) by John Farris

A wannabe blockbuster in its day, John Farris’s expansive novel – and the far more linear movie version he scripted for Brian De Palma – still works as a sui generis mixture of espionage, action and the paranormal. Gillian is a … Continue reading

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MAGIC (1976) by William Goldman

William Goldman is probably known best for The Princess Bride and Marathon Man, both of which he adapted into successful movies. His suspense novel Magic was a hit in its day too, though did less well when he reworked it for … Continue reading

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THE RETURN OF THE THIN MAN by Dashiell Hammett

Absurd as it may seem, there are those who don’t think the delightful screwball mysteries featuring Nick and Nora Charles really belong in the oeuvre of hardboiled master, Dashiell Hammett. This has been exacerbated by the perceived devaluation of his … Continue reading

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