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The editors of Clue Magazine asked Wandrei to develop a series character in an effort to compete with the more well known hard boiled fiction of Black Mask Magazine. Wandrei's ratiocinative adventurer quickly became one of the most popular series characters in Clue's history and at one time was in line for a series of motion picture reels. Sadly these never came to pass, nor did a planned Frost novel, but the stories are still exciting and enjoyable examples of pulp mystery and mayhem. The first eight stories are published in this volume, with the remaining ten promised for a future edition. Like all the pulp stories written during this period a little "willing suspension of disbelief" is necessary, but Wandrei's quick action plots and writing take the willing reader on an exciting ride of thrills and suspense. Of these stories all are good, but I would particularly suggest the first one, "Frost", along with "The Artist of Death" and "Merry-Go-Round." However each story in this volume has it's own appeal.
Also, the gorgeous cover illustration of Frost and Moray by Les Edwards is worth the price of the book alone. I'm surprised there isn't a scan of it on the link for the book, since I think it a great selling point. One hopes that perhaps Amazon will eventually add it.
In closing I definitely recommend this book, and am eagerly looking forward to the second collection of Frost tales whenever they come out.
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I know this book is out of print but I think its a crime. This is the most engrossing biographical novel I've ever read. When I was done, I wanted more. Find it if you can!
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At first it seemed fairly derivative of Tales of the City, but as I got further in the characters got more depth, and now I'm disappointed that the promised sequel doesn't seem to be out.
I had a really tough time putting this book down once I picked it up and began reading it. It's not often that gay fiction holds my attention as well as Queer Corners.
I'm hoping that Olson rewards his readers by writing a series of books featuring this same cast of characters.
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I'm leaving for London in little less than a week and this book will be going with me along with my Eyewitness Travel Guide to London. Of all of the books I've purchased about London these seem to be the most knowledgeable and interesting. The nice thing about this dummies book is that it doesn't pander to you with corny jokes as many of the Dummies series do. Just good solid informaton. I recommend it.
The information in this book is very well organized and easy to follow. Special tips are found all through the book and get you ready for a few things you might not expect. I found that, mostly because of this book, I was able to travel around London as if I had been there many times.
If you are about to go to London for the first time don't go without this book. Nothing can ruin a trip like getting to a new city and feeling completely lost and alone. I never had that problem and I give a lot of credit to this book for that. Study it before you leave and be ready. It is an easy and fun read and once you get to London you will be glad you took the time to be ready.
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