Thanks Bob for the tip - I've checked this title and it's available through Amazon.com.
The reviews for this collection of "lost stories" got good reviews and I am looking forward to reading it!
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Donald Westlake was once asked what he thought about Ross Macdonald and said something like, "He must use a lot of carbon paper" or "He must have excellent carbon paper." (It is an unfair comment, I know.) Can anyone provide an exact reference to where he said it? Thanks!
I found this by Richard Moore and maybe it is the occasion that you refer to:
Donald Westlake gave a talk sponsored by the Smithsonian in Washington in which he said the acclaim for Macdonald was part of a conspiracy by the literary establishment. This talk Westlake later turned into an article for The Armchair Detective which kicked up a fair amount of dust in that he also said the PI novel was basically dead. Westlake's remarks still seemed to me touched by more than a little hyperbole although I agreed with his statement that Macdonald afterwards rewrote the same novel over and over again no matter what anyone said. "Talk about hard-boiled!" Westlake joked.
Hello Fran & all: My memory is a bit fuzzy these days. I seem to remember that in the late 70s or early 80s, there was an NBC series starring Brian Keith, of "Family Affair" fame. Earlier that same year NBC ran a 2-hr pilot movie with Peter Graves as Archer. I tried the series, but thought Keith was miscast in the role. Can anyone help with more specific dates? I'd love to continue this discussion, and look forward to hearing from you. Best always, Chris.