My Bouchecon panels: "The third time he pulled the trigger she disappeared"
He's Richard S. Prather without the jokes, Mickey Spillane without the political frothing to which Spillane could descend at his worst. His protagonist, Sand, is what Carroll John Daly's Race Williams would have been if Daly had been a better writer.
Willie is also a bit of a mystery man, at various times thought to be a) African American, b) Mickey Spillane, or c) dead, though the truth turns out to be simpler and, hence, more mysterious than the speculation. You can read him in two collections available from Ramble House: Sand's Game and Sand's War, which include novels, stories, and appreciations from leading hard-boiled writers and commentators, including Bill Crider, Max Allan Collins, and Bill Pronzini.
So get your Willie. He's tough, fast, satisfying and, thanks to Ramble House, cheap. (Read the first chapter of Death in a Dead Place, included in Sand's Game, on the Ramble House Web site.)
© Peter Rozovsky 2014