Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Gentleman and Crime-Fiction Scholar

My feature-ish obituary of British novelist H.R.F. “Harry” Keating appears this morning at the Kirkus Reviews Web site. It begins:
British novelist and books critic H.R.F. (Henry Reymond Fitzwalter) Keating--who died last week at age 84--provided an excellent contradiction to that all-too-familiar instruction, “Write what you know.” He knew next to nothing about India when, in the early 1960s, he began penning a mystery series set on the subcontinent.
I think the piece turned out pretty well, though if I’d actually known Keating, I probably could have brought something extra to it. Nonetheless, I think it’s worth checking out, when you have some free time. Click here to read the full posting, and leave a comment, if you have any thoughts on Keating or his books that you’d like to share.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I appreciate your inclusion of Miss Unwin. After the novels as by Evelyn Hervey, she continued to appear in short stories under Keating's own name.

Daniel Armstrong