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Almost Famous


Tuesday, January 22, 2008
 
Just got an email from Daniel Hatadi the other day. Seems that this humble site was mentioned in a Reuters article entitled "Web yields deadly tricks for crime writers", which has been widely syndicated. Woohoo! I expect a flood of tens of new visitors.

This news comes hard on the heels of a book called "The Bookaholics Guide to Book Blogs" (via Bill C.), which also mentions CrimeSpot. There has got to be a way to make some money from this.

RIP, Ed Hoch and Benjamin Schutz. Edward D. Hoch died at 77 last week. Hoch was best known as a prolific short story writer who had a short story in every issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine for 35 years, with popular series featuring thief Nick Velvet, New England doctor Sam Hawthorne, police detective Captain Leopold, and many, many others.

This week also brought news that Benjamin Schutz had died of a heart attack. Schutz wrote a number of well-received novels featuring Washington, D.C.-based private eye Leo Haggerty, but to my mind the best thing he ever wrote was the Shamus award winning story "Mary, Mary, Shut The Door", one of the best PI stories ever.

I understand that Schutz was also a forensic psychologist, and he left writing for many years to concentrate on that other career. More recently he had published a follow up to "Mary, Mary" entitled "Lost and Found", and had published a new novel, The Mongol Reply.

posted by Graham Powell at 11:11 AM