Meyerson has been a member of DAPA-EM for over 30 years and published
an early fanzine in pre-computer days called (way before the
bookstore/publisher of the same name existed) The Poisoned Pen. I was a mail order book dealer, specializing in secondhand British mystery and detective fiction. I've read thousands of mysteries since 1970.
(And thousands more, thirteen years later)
John Sladek, INVISIBLE GREEN (1977)
Bari Wood, THE TRIBE (1981)
Walter Mosley, WALKIN' THE DOG (1999)
I thought what I'd do this week was go back and see what I was reading the first week in December of 1979, 1989 and 1999, and the above three titles answer that question.
was mostly a science fiction writer, of course, but he wrote two
wonderfully old-fashioned locked room mysteries in the 1970's, BLACK
AURA and INVISIBLE GREEN, both featuring brilliant amateur Thackeray
Phin. Sadly, there were no more of them, and both certainly qualify as
unjustly forgotten books. You could check the online booksellers for
copies. Both are available at a cheap price on ABE and both are well
worth your time. (Perhaps even harder today)
TRIBE was a hit at the time it came out, I believe, and Wood had
several other bestsellers, including TWINS and THE KILLING GIFT. She's
probably been pretty much forgotten these days, as her last published
book was in 1995. To be honest I don't really remember much of this
one, which the publisher tried to make a Jewish version of
THE EXORCIST, with concentration camp victims and Jewish mysticism
combining for rather tepid, if fast-moving, horror thrills. I don't
have a copy so can't really be specific.
Mosley was his second collection of Socrates Fortlow stories, and I'm a
big fan of the series. Fortlow was a murderer who has been released
from prison and is trying to get by in a tough Los Angeles neighborhood
and negotiate his way in a white world. The stories here and in ALWAYS
OUTNUMBERED, ALWAYS OUTGUNNED, the first book in the series, are well
worth your time as Fortlow is - to me - a fascinating character, more so
than Easy Rawlins.