Today on the Kirkus Reviews site, I begin a periodic series assessing older, sometimes out-of-print crime novels. This is similar to The Rap Sheet’s long-running “Books You Have to Read “ feature, only in this case I’ll be doing all of the critiquing myself.
My first book for consideration: screenwriter-producer Douglas Heyes’ unjustly forgotten, 1985 historical thriller, The Kill. You will find my write-up here. Please click over to enjoy that piece when you have a chance. And feel free to comment on Heyes, The Kill, or maybe my commentary about the author and his work.
In a curious coincidence, Bill Crider just reviewed Heyes’ debut novel, The Kiss-Off (1951), last week in his blog. During his 73 years, Heyes only penned three books--the second being The 12th of Never (1963)--and none of them was a bestseller or a classic of the genre. The fact that two different critics should be championing two different titles in successive weeks is rather remarkable, I think.