Gault was a prolific professional who, between 1936 and 1995, published scores of novels and hundreds of short stories. Although he wrote everything from young adult sports fiction to racy romance, he was influential as a writer who helped bridge the gap between the whodunits of mystery fiction and the howdunits
of crime fiction. Marksman
is the first collection of his pulp and digest magazine short fiction. The first six stories show stylistic evolution, from "Marksman"--peppered with exclamation points, about a meek man's response to being muscled--to "Conspiracy," a more sophisticated yarn in which two farm boys scheme over a suitcase of stolen loot. The last six feature Joe Puma, one of Gault's series detectives. A self-deprecating slugger with an eye for the ladies, Puma deserves to be as well known as Philip Marlowe or, at least, Nick Charles. And the premise of "The Unholy Three"--an 11-year-old kid hires Puma to check up on his sister's boyfriend--reveals Gault as an author with a playful take on a genre still being invented. Great stuff. Keir GraffCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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An outstanding collection from the publisher's Lost Classics series. -- Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2003