The other day I mentioned Charles Kelly's excellent biography of Dan J. Marlowe. It reminded me of the time in Marlowe's life when he was struggling to regain his memory and his writing skills. It was during this time that he wrote several books for the Fastback Sports line. Well, maybe calling them books is stretching the point, since they're about 25 short pages long. Their purpose was to encourage reluctant readers. I ran across some of these years ago, and naturally I picked them up.
The Comeback has an evocative title if you're familiar with Marlowe's situation. The protagonist is Lefty Halliday, an ageing pitcher with arm problems. Because of a lucky accident, the problems seem eased, maybe even gone. But are they?
The story's told in Marlowe's vigorous style, and the similarity the pitcher's story to his is obvious. Marlowe's able to write again, but can he sustain it? Can he go the full nine innings?
I enjoy having little curiosities like this in my accumulation, and if I run across any other books in this series by Marlowe, I'll pick them up. Richard Laymon also wrote some. They're cheap enough on the 'net if you're interested.