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From Ghouls to Gangsters: The Career of Arthur B. Reeve: Vol. 1 Paperback – November 15, 2007
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This volume reprints for the first time since their original magazine publication 20 short detective stories from 1910 through 1935, plus Reeve's first published work of fiction from 1907. Let it be said that, while during his early career Reeve was a famous author whose name was almost always prominently featured on the magazine covers, he never rose above the level of mediocrity. His characters are all cardboard, his dialog stiff, his plots mechanical and his style generic. He is also a complete chucklehead at about the same level as the immortal Edward D. Wood, Jr. Wood's problem was that almost everything he wrote, he wrote while drunk. I don't know what Reeve's problem was, but even in his last published story, "The Royal Racket," his female detective Clare Kendall has lettered on her office door, "Clare Kendall, Secret Agent"!
If you have an equally secret affection for Reeve and his creations, such as I myself have concealed deep within my bosom for many years, you'll enjoy every tale in this 255-page volume, which is very attractively printed and produced.