FFB: Sylvia - In Reference to Murder

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January 29, 2016


George Kelley

I've enjoyed Howard Fast's work under his own name and his pseudonyms. I need to reread SYLVIA after enjoying your fine review.

BV Lawson

I need to seek out more of his other titles, George!

Jerry House

At one time there was a supicion that the pseudonymous mystery author K. C. Constantine was actually Fast. The rumor proved false, of course, but was a good indication of what good writers both Fast and Constantine were.

BV Lawson

Didn't know that, Jerry! Thanks for the insights.

Matt Paust

"There can be nothing as cold and deadly as an evening of pedagogues frozen in their timidity of thought and multifold institutional fears, or pompous and irrational in their half-knowledge and their book-bound ignorance. . . ."

I shall be savoring this the rest of the day. Thanks for the chuckle.

BV Lawson

Fun stuff, Matt! And thanks for stopping by. :-)

Todd Mason

Fast had a fair amount of success later with such novels as APRIL MORNING (a worthy followup in spirit to his early CITIZEN TOM PAINE) and the sequence that began with THE IMMIGRANTS back here in the States, as well...turned hIS hand a bit to sf and fantasy, with stories collected in THE GENERAL ZAPPED AN ANGEL, but the historical fiction was always his primary focus...I've been meaning to read Cunningham...

BV Lawson

I haven't read any of the sf or fantasy - more books to add to the TBR pile! Thanks for the suggestions, Todd.

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