Friday, August 15, 2008

Forgotten Books: KYD FOR HIRE --Timothy Harris

When Timothy Harris came on the scene with Kyd for Hire in 1978, I thought of him as a direct descendant of Raymond Chandler and likely to become a top writer in the field. It never happened, even though his second novel, Good Night and Good-Bye (a direct bow to Chandler) was even better. Instead of following up on that one, Harris got into writing movies, and I'm sure he made a lot more money from them than he'd have made from writing p.i. novels.

In 2004, Harris came back with a third Thomas Kyd book, Unfaithful Servant, published by Five Star. Nothing more, though, that I'm aware of. If you like p.i. novels, you can't go wrong with any one of the three, but you'll want to start with Kyd for Hire. That's the paperback cover over on the left. The British hardcover came first, I believe, but it's probably way too expensive.

There's a good interview with Harris on January Magazine.

6 comments:

pattinase (abbott) said...

Thanks, Bill. Another new one for me.

Sling Words aka Joan Reeves said...

I'll have to find that book. Anybody who was mentioned in the same breath as Chandler is somebody I want to read.

bish8 said...

I remeber this book and the first sequel. I enjoyed them both. I'm going to have to try and find the Five Star title.

David Cranmer said...

I enjoy series where there's only a few entries, and since Harris is Chandler-esque, I'm sure I'd like these books. Recently I finished some Norbert Davis novels from the 40's and similirly it had a detective that was only featured in a handful. It's like being a tomb raider of forgotten books.

Anonymous said...

Loved those books. He had another that came out on 5 star a few years ago. Believe it was Unfaithful Servant. It did not get much attention.

Bill Crider said...

I have it. Haven't read it yet.