● HENRY KANE. My Darlin’ Evangeline. Dell First Version B198, paperback unique; 1st printing, 1961. Revised and reprinted as The Good Crime (Belmont, paperback, 1967).
● HENRY KANE. Dying on the Double. PI Peter Chambers #13. Avon #761, paperback unique; 1st printing, 1957. Signet D2644, paperback, 1965.
Per week or so in the past I seemed via my huge, well-organized (HAH!) bookshelves and seen some books about which I may keep in mind nothing. Intrigued, I pulled a number of out and….
Henry Kane is best-remembered for his character Pete Chambers, Non-public Eye (Or Non-public Richard, as Chambers put it.) however My Darlin’ Evangeline is a stand-alone about meek financial institution clerk Oscar Blimmey, who meets and falls in love with a globe-trotting city tramp, Evangeline Ashley. They meet in Miami, the place Kane additionally rings in Invoice Grant, a small-time heel who desires of turning into a big-time cad. When Evangeline and Invoice run afoul of an area drug lord, he takes a powder, and she or he quits the scene by marrying the closest accessible chump — Oscar Blimmy.
That’s only the start of Oscar’s woes although, as a result of he occurs to be in control of the money handed out on Thursdays to a number of giant payroll accounts; this was the early 60s, keep in mind, when lots of money cash modified arms, banks had been constructed like marble tombs, and financial institution tellers had been educated to make use of firearms. So when Evangeline re-connects with Invoice, and so they….
Write the remainder your self. Any respectable author may, and plenty of did it fairly nicely, however Kane stumbles in his portrait of the central character. In addition to being an ideal schlemiel, Oscar can also be constructed like an Adonis however shy with girls, proficient with weapons and fists, however a confirmed pacifist and a religious coward. The contradictions in character are simply too many and too handy to the story to make it in any respect convincing.
Dying on the Doubleconsists of two novelettes that includes Peter Chambers. The writing within the first, “Watch the Jools,” is agreeably glib, however the plot is one thing Keeler would have rejected as overly fanciful. One thing a few uncommon gem with a curse on it, a person discovered drowned in his locked (and fairly dry) non-public workplace, a fancy dress social gathering the place everybody should gown within the costume dictated by an eccentric millionaire, and… nicely by the point Kane rang within the sword-swallowing Grasp Prison, I used to be able to name it quits. “Lovely Day,” the second half of Dying on the Doubleawaited, however I had a Fredric Brown subsequent on the pile….