My Bouchercon panels: More on the great Dan J. Marlowe
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"He sighed, stretched lengthily..."
"He stripped the bed, walked stiffleggedly to the bathroom.."
"Inside the panelled doors he rushed softfootedly past the drowsing drinkers..."
"Manuel’s dark eyes lingered fascinatedly..."
“`Come in, come in!' Lieutenant Dameron barked irritatedly..."
"Resignedly he dried his face and took down the electric razor."
"I backed out tanglefootedly under Mrs. Newman’s bright-eyed inspection."to which I smiled not just amazedly, but also appreciatingly. In any case, by the time Strongarm appeared in 1963, the extravagant-adverb count was way down, from Doorway to Death's 73 words ending in -dly to 43.
But Marlowe was more than just adverbs and odd word choices (“'You’re in trouble, Jerry!' she accused her husband.") If you like Richard Stark's Parker, you might like Marlowe. If you like Stephen King's "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption," you might like Marlowe. If you like revenge stories and you want to see how a master wrote them, you might like Marlowe. If you like man-on-the-run stories, you might like Marlowe. If you like your sex scenes with a bit of an edge, you might like Marlowe. A blog post by Ed Gorman sums up nicely Marlowe's ability to evoke so many of the great hard-boiled crime writers.
Charles Kelly will discuss Dan J. Marlowe as part of a panel I'll moderate at Bouchercon 2014. The panel is called "Beyond Hammett, Chandler, and Spillane: Lesser Known Writers of the Pulp and Paperback Eras," and it happens at 3 p.m, Friday, Nov. 14. See you there.
© Peter Rozovsky 2013, 2014