Here’s some literature porn to brighten your Monday morning. I found some pretty neat hardboiled paperbacks last week. Included in the haul were some great fictional PIs: Kenzie and Gennaro, Travis McGee, Shell Scott and V.I. Warshawski.
But the real prizes were a couple rare finds. I ran across a movie tie-in edition of Ross Macdonald’s The Moving Target, renamed Harper to match the 1966 Paul Newman film. Even better was a slim pulp anthology from 1957. Dolls are Murder not only has a great ring to it, it also has a great pulp cover. It not only features some of my favorite pulp/hardboiled scribes in Raymond Chandler and John D. MacDonald, it has some stories from authors I’ve been wanting to read, like Brett Halliday.
They just don’t make ‘em like the used to—the authors or the books.