Although Patti Abbott forgot to include me in the roundup of people who wrote about a forgotten book last week, I remember doing it. And here we go again. This week I'm recommending Passing Strange by Richard Sale. The book's 66 years old now, but it's still fun to read. The story begins in Hollywood, where a Dr. Peter Merritt is performing a caesarean on a famous actress. While he's operating, someone dressed in gown and mask shoots another doctor in the room and escapes easily. Merritt returns to his home in New York, where there's an attempt on his life. Two other people connected with the case are killed. Great stuff, and, as I've said before, who can resist a novel in which Spanish Fly is a major plot element?
Richard Sale may be forgotten today, but if he is, it's a shame. His pulp stories are entertaining, but he moved on to hardcovers like this one and Lazarus #7, as well as "big" books like For the President's Eyes Only. Not to mention The Oscar (both book and movie, one of the great bad movies).