Cabinet 7: Crime & Murder
Elliott Chaze, Black Wings Has My Angel. London: Original Novels Foundation, 1956. Pulp Literature Special Collections PS3505.H633 B52
Donald H. Clarke, Murderer’s Holiday. London ; New York ; Sydney: Original Novels Foundation, 1954. Pulp Literature Special Collections PS3505.L3878 M87 1954
‘The air was soft, yet not dead. And over all of it lay the very good feeling of going somewhere.’ So runs the last sentence of the first chapter of Elliott Chaze’s Black Wings Has My Angel, which, according to Barry Gifford is an astonishingly well written literary novel that just happened to be about (or roundabout) a crime. Featuring ex-convict Tim Sunblade and Virginia, a call-girl, this work by Chaze (1915-1990) was first published by Gold Medal. This is the 1956 Australian reprint.
Another Original Novels reprint is Donald H. Clarke’s Murderer’s Holiday. Clarke wrote a number of risqué thrillers, five of which were adapted for the screen. He also dabbled in non-fiction, writing In the Reign of Rothstein (1929), a biography about Arnold Rothstein, who is thought to have fixed the 1919 World Series.
Richard Glendinning’s Terror in the Sun was published by Gold Medal in 1952. While retaining the art work by Barrye Phillips, the Australian re-issue boldly announces on the cover: ‘A Dynamic New Novel Not a Reprint’.