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- Publication date : July 31, 2015
- File size : 4686 KB
- Publisher : Bastei Entertainment (July 31, 2015)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- ASIN : B012B6M4KE
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There are a few typos- "on the chair was a drew (dress?), a girdle, and stockings," "a sob'd, (solid?) plainclothes veteran with six kids and a million friends..," et al- these from the best story (so far!) "Park Avenue.." Like Mr Lewis, I don't intend to gobble these stories down; but I do want to say ditto.
Prior to this, I knew Theodore Tinsley only as the author of several Shadow novels, written as "Maxwell Grant" while Walter Gibson was out to lunch. This collection is a real eye-opener, showing Tinsley to be an extremely gifted storyteller - with a unique and quirky style.
Our hero, Jerry Tracy, is a smart-mouthed columnist who dishes the dirt on Broadway for his newspaper the Daily Planet. Yep, the Daily Planet, and this series began in 1932, six years before the first appearance of Superman.
Though the Jerry Tracy stories are told in third person, this is extremely close third person, so we're often privy to Tracy's thoughts. It was a shocker for me to discover that Tracy's thoughts read like a cross between the narration of Robert Leslie Bellem's Dan Turner and Richard Sale's Daffy Dill. Now that's entertainment. Jerry Tracy displays his quirky personality in his spoken dialogue, too, addressing everyone as "Bum," employing the universal greeting "Hawzit," and being generally inventive with the English language.
The dialogue makes the stories fun, but it's the stories themselves that pack the real punch. While Bellem's Dan Turner stories are all style and no substance, these Tracy tales are the real deal. I haven't had time to read all 25 stories (that will take a while), but those I've finished have heart and meaning, and even manage to comment on the human condition. In mystery stories from the thirties, that's saying a lot - even for stories that appeared in BLACK MASK.
JERRY TRACY, CELEBRITY REPORTER may seem high-priced for an eBook, but it's actually a bargain. If this were a print volume, it would run over 1000 pages, and this is quality stuff. The 25 stories are presented in chronological order, following Tracy's eight-year run from start to finish. Outside of dishing out thousands for the original magazines, there's no way we'd ever be able to read this series. Thank you Mysterious Press, Open Road and Keith Deutsch!
This is the real stuff, published between 1932 and 1940. This is not pretend noir or nouveau noir or a noir "homage". I tip my hat to modern authors who honor that work, but you have to read some of the original work if you want to understand and appreciate the modern version, and you should read the original work anyway just for the shear joy of it. This is high octane, muscular, rat-a-tat, caffeinated and twitchy urban noir at its best. And, not only do you get atmosphere, banter, sharp dialogue and a look at a long vanished American past - you get a hero with substance and a sophisticated code of conduct as complex, dark and yet honorable as any comparable American tough guy hero. In many ways Jerry Tracy is the template that many later authors would follow and on which they would elaborate and improvise. (Anyway, Tracy worked as a columnist for the "Daily Planet" six years before Superman was even a gleam in Jor-El's eye. That counts for something.)
Please note that I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to the rights holder or the publisher of this book.