…Tony McManus poses the question… Voluminous Volumes or Tiny Tomes?

Sorry about the lateness of this post. Today has passed me by…

Seumas Gallacher

…followers of this ‘ere blog will recognise my great pal, Author Tony McManus, who frequently drops by with interesting literary discussions for me to muse over… enjoy this latest epistle from the man :

IN PRAISE

OF

LEAN, MEAN THRILLERS 

Remember them? Those small, slim paperbacks your father and grandfather used to read. Novels with titles like No Orchids for Miss Blandish, Double Indemnity, The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Big Sleep, The Maltese Falcon, Farewell, My Lovely. True page-turners they were that punched their weight and usually got the job done in less than 250 paperback pages from the pens of such writers as, James Hadley Chase, Earl Stanley Gardner, James M. Cain, Dashiell Hammet, Mickey Spillane, and the one and only, Raymond Chandler. These were hard-boiled thrillers, that Americans called ‘pocketbooks’. Novels that slipped easily into the inside pocket of your jacket to be read on your journey…

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