Bill Crane

Created by Jonathan Latimer (1906-1983)

Not strictly a private eye novel, but c'mon, man! this is Latimer we're talking about here, and because even though the hero of Black is the Fashion for Dying (1959), RICHARD BLAKE, is a Hollywood screenwriter, not a detective, this one is definitely (and occasionally, amusingly) private eye in tone.

It's also one hell of a locked room case, involving death by shooting on a movie set. The whole thing's even been caught on film during filming -- but the they still can't solve it! They are able to play back the film but unable to find anyone who could have been in range of the victim at the time of the murder.

The tone of the novel is altogether more serious and less wise-cracky than Latimer's better known, screwball-and-highballs Bill Crane novels, but not as grim and dark as Solomon's Vineyard, his hard-boiled masterpiece.


Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith, within an assist by Brian Skupin.

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