|not among the very best of 1955?|
Of the top prize Boucher wrote:
The Edgar for best mystery novel of the year went to Margaret Millar's "Beast in View"--an award with which this department heartily concurs, though I confess to being puzzled by the runners-up (which received scrolls). Patrica Highsmith's "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and the Gordons' "The Case of the Talking Bug" are good books, but hard to envision in the year's best class.
|best in show?|
To be sure, Margaret Millar is greatly admired by many mystery fans well-versed in older works (I heartily include myself in this company; I think Millar is brilliant).
Yet Millar's work is, I believe, almost entirely out of print today (most unjustly), while Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley surely is one of the best-known and most praised works of twentieth-century crime fiction. Do you think Boucher (who did like much of Highsmith's work, it must be conceded) underestimated Mr. Ripley's talent?
And what about The Case of the Talking Bug? I've never even heard of this one, let alone read it!