Back in 2012 I began digitising the five detective novels of Simon Nash, all of which were published in the 1960s. I still have three more to finish off (the third one won’t be long I hope), but recently there has been a flurry of interest in this forgotten writer. In March 2014 CADS (Crime and Detective Stories) magazine published a great piece by John Cooper on Simon Nash in issue 67. CADS doesn’t seem to have a website, but it’s published by Geoff Bradley, who can be contacted at Geoffcads [AT] aol.com. The magazine has an old-style fanzine look about it, but the content seems very good indeed.
Elsewhere, I published a short guest post about Simon Nash on the blog of crime fiction writer Martin Edwards, who I met at, of all places, a James Ellroy conference organised by Dr. Steven Powell of Venetian Vase fame.
The two Simon Nash ebooks (available for Kindle and all other e-readers) I’ve republished so far are Dead of a Counterplot and Killed by Scandal.
Yesterday (July 23) was Raymond Chandler’s 125th birthday. I meant to write a post about that, but as seems to be the case in general with my blogging at the moment, I didn’t get round to it. Anyway, today I found time to add my short biographical piece on Raymond Chandler, which appears in Steven Powell’s 100 American Crime Writers to my Articles pages. You can read all 2500 words of it here. There are quite a few Chandler-related posts and pages on this blog now, so here is a round-up:
Raymond Chandler at Dulwich College
Raymond Chandler’s Early Life
Raymond Chandler on Writing
Raymond Chandler: A Matter of Disguise (an early academic article of mine).
Also, I just posted something about In a Lonely Place (novel and film) over at the Venetian Vase.
Available from Smashwords for Kindle and all other ebook readers.
Also by Simon Nash in ebook, Dead of a Counterplot.
Literary critic and amateur detective Adam Ludlow reluctantly agrees to give a talk on Sheridan’s play The School for Scandal to an amateur dramatics society. But what he thought would be an easy, if rather tedious favour for a colleague, turns into a puzzling murder mystery that reunites him with his police detective friend Montero.
This is the second in a five-book series of Adam Ludlow murder mysteries, and was among the ninety crime and detective novels named by Jacques Barzun and Wendell Hertig Taylor in their influential Catalogue of Crime, in 1971. It was republished by Garland in 1983 as one of the ‘Fifty Classics of Crime Fiction 1960-75′.
About Simon Nash.