|a bibliophile bites the dust|
I was greatly honored to be asked to participate in this HarperCollins series and I hope that it may continue.
Readers of this blog may recall that I wrote about California crime writer Bernice Carey a few times last year. Now I can announce that a new edition of two of her novels, The Man Who Got Away with It (1950) and The Three Widows (1952), will be published by Stark House this year, with an introduction by me and back cover blurbs by, among others, noted authorities Anthony Boucher and Xavier Lechard.
Stark House is also doing a "twofer" by Carey's crime-writing contemporary Jean Potts, with an introduction by John Norris, so it's looking like another good year for mid-century women crime writers at Stark House. I think yet more will be in the offing too, all in good time.
It's an impressive collection and one most certainly that fans of the keen crime writing couple--and fans of fair play puzzle detective fiction generally--should very much enjoy. Anthony Boucher urged the publication of a Trant collection over half a century ago.
It was fun indeed working with Doug Greene and Jeff Marks on this one. The book was supposed to come out last year, but late in the day we found a new Trant story from an English source located by indefatigable Tony Medawar and I located a 1940 Trant novella, which appears to have been the sleuth's debut appearance in short form. Also included in the book is a pic of Rickie and Hugh around 1940 with their Scottish terrier, Roddy. There will be, I hope, several more Webb and Wheeler short fiction collections to come from Crippen & Landru.
Finally I wrote introductions for three newly reprinted British authors of vintage detective fiction...but I can't tell you their names yet. More in February, however. Included is one of my favorite mystery writers from the Golden Age, whom I have been trying for years to get reprinted. I hope you like him! (Or is it her....)