First this, from Dashiell Hammett's story "Too Many Have Lived" (1932):
"`I'd want to talk to her,' Spade said. `Who is this Eli Haven?'Thirteen years later, Brett Halliday the author, Murder Is My Business the book, Mike Shayne the detective:
"`He's a bad egg. He doesn't do anything. Writes poetry or something.'"
"She won't be married — unless Towne has changed a lot. That's the job I did for him. There was a chap named Lance Bayliss. A poet, Lucy, and a poet is lower than dirt to a two-fisted, self-made financier like Jefferson Towne."
© Peter Rozovsky 2010