Friday, June 19, 2009

Friday's Forgotten Books: The Camera Clue by George Harmon Coxe

The face, rather flabby and pinched-looking in death, held a curious look of surprise rather than alarm. From where Murdock stood, only the limp and shapeless set to the body spoke of death. Not until he stepped close and bent down beside Jerry Carter did he see the small, red-dish stain that had discolored the fabric over the heart.

Carter's murder starts off The Camera Clue (1937) and it's photographer Kent Murdock who solves the case with the assistance of his lovely wife, Joyce, and P.I. friend, Jack Fenner. Camera is the third entry in the Kent Murdock series, beginning with Murder With Pictures (1935) and concluding with The Silent Witness (1973). Murdock occasionally appears in the Fenner novels by Coxe.

Those of you who like old pulp mysteries in the Casey, Crime Photographer mold (Coxe's other creation), go no farther than The Camera Clue.

For more Friday's Forgotten Books, click over to Patti Abbott's blog here.

12 comments:

Leah J. Utas said...

It's good to have someone keeping these books alive and in our collective awareness.

Lois Karlin said...

Thanks for the recommendations. I've been looking for a way in.

Don Ward said...

These old book covers you put up here are so expressive. It is almost a lost art.

David Cranmer said...

Leah, Denada!

Lois, Consider yourself in.

Don, Hard Case and Out of the Gutter are still leading the way. And you can even buy t-shirts with the various Case covers. I'm thinking of getting the Money Shot one.

Charles Gramlich said...

Sounds appropriately pulpy.

Scott Parker said...

I like stories that have a husband-wife team a la Hart to Hart. Call me cheesy but there's definitely a place for it.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Yes, I like the husband and wife teams too.

James Reasoner said...

Coxe's novels have never disappointed me. He's well worth reading.

Martin Edwards said...

I'll try and track this one down. Thanks.

Barrie said...

How do these books compare to Perry Mason?

JR's Thumbprints said...

I really like those old book jackets with the seemingly rolling titles and artwork.

David Cranmer said...

Charles, It’s Pulp with a capital P.

Scott, Ask my wife. I’m a card carrying Ms. Powers fan. We sat through season one of Hart to Hart a few months back.

Patti, Of course, the best is still Nick and Nora Charles.

James, Totally agree with that and I will add Casey is probably my favorite of his creations. He’s a little more down and dirty.

Martin, Denada

Barrie, Maybe two different sides of the street but I haven’t read a lot of Erle Stanley Gardner to say.

JR, My favorite art work in any medium except for maybe Dali.