Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Now in AHMM: Daffy Dill and and Candid Jones in "FLASH!" by Richard Sale!


When AHMM Editor Linda Landrigan invited me to select and introduce a story for the magazine's Mystery Classic department, the choice was a no-brainer.

"Flash!" - from the May 29, 1937 issue of Detective Fiction Weekly, is one of my pulp favorites, and a great introduction to reporter Daffy Dill (one of my favorite pulp characters) and author Richard Sale (one of my favorite pulp writers). And as a bonus, it also features Sale's number two DFW hero, hardboiled photographer Candid Jones.

The storytelling itself is special because "Flash!" contains not a single word of ordinary prose. It's told entirely in the form of letters, telegrams, news reports, radio bulletins and one-sided telephone calls. And as those familiar with Daffy have come to expect, it's both funny and fun.

You'll find all this, plus my two-page Intro yapping about Richard Sale's life and career, in the just-out June 2015 issue of AHMM. Where can you get a copy? As you may recall when I was hyping "The Continental Opposite" (in the May issue), AHMM is carried by most Barnes and Noble stores, and is offered in a variety of eFormats by Amazon (HERE), B&N (HERE), Google Play (HERE) and Magzter (HERE).

And in case you missed it, I said a few words about Mr. Sale, along with Hammett, Cleve F. Adams, Lester Dent and others on the AHMM blog a while back. That's HERE.

4 comments:

Richard said...

Verrry cool. I'm on my way to pick up the copy right now.

Rittster said...

Seeing this story start off in the form of a letter has reminded me of one of my favorite "forgotten" authors, characters, and books: Percival Wilde's "P. Moran, Operative" which is a collection of seven short stories which originally appeared in EQMM throughout the forties. Are you familiar with this book, Evan? If so, what's your opinion? If not, I'd recommend checking it out; I really think it's your cup of tea.

Evan Lewis said...

Never heard of Percy or his "P. Moran," Brian. There's a book?

Rittster said...

This guy talks a little bit about Wilde and the character. Click on Wilde's name and then scroll to the end of his section:

http://mikegrost.com/unalign.htm#Wilde

Pronzini's 1001 Midnights also has an essay on the book, which collects all seven stories that were published in EQMM.