Re: P.M. Hubbard
- Grafton has three entries in Barzun/Taylor. "Beyond a Reasonable
Doubt" is a good lawyer/trial book. I read it a long time ago and
liked it. Could not finish "Rat...." You just never know with authors.
--- In GAdetection@yahoogroups.com, "mike5568" <mike5568@y...> wrote:
> I`m currently waiting on High Tide by P.M. Hubbard to arrive.
> Haven`t read anything by him before. By the way, I`m reading now
> The Rat Began To Gnaw The Rope by C.W. Grafton (Sue`s dad), written
> in 1942. Has anyone read anything else by him? He seems to be a
> pretty good writer. MikeB--- In GAdetection@yahoogroups.com, "Wyatt
> James" <grobius@s...> wrote:
> > "A Hive of Glass" -- just got this from ABEBOOKS after many years
> > searching for a book that impressed me a lot when it first came out
> > (1965). Well worth it. Here's a mini-review:
> > Johnnie Slade, while sybaritic as to sex and food, is an obsessed
> > collector of antique glassware (as are his closest friends). We all
> > know how fanatical collectors behave when they sniff out a new
> > there is no surprise that this is what happens in this book. With a
> > vengeance. One of the best efforts in the mystery genre on this
> > with many scenes of gruesome violence, evil and obnoxious
> > and unpleasant settings (the seaside 'village' of Grane). The
> > co-protagonist is an excellent example of another person driven to
> > amoral behavior and egoism (in her case, involving greed, hatred,
> > a sexual penchant for older men). There is a scene when the hero,
> > while driving the two of them down a dark road at night, hits and
> > kills a deer being chased by a giant hound, and our dear Claudia
> > after the dog with the bloody torn-off antler, just for the
> > of it. Great book.
> > About Hubbard:
> > P. M. (Philip Maitland) Hubbard (1910-80)
> > Gothic Mysteries
> > The Gothic novel is much older than the detective story, although
> > there has always been an amount of mystery in the genre. P.M.
> > did not have a series detective -- in fact he rarely had a
> > in the true sense at all, although his protagonists often made
> > deductions -- but his books can be classified as mystery novels
> with a
> > large admixture of the 'Gothic', always involving greed, passion,
> > homicide as well as grotesque horror, a tried and true amalgamation
> > that has always been a sub-genre of mystery fiction. His greatest
> > skill was in startling the reader by throwing in a sudden shock in
> > midst of some clean, straightforward prose (much like LeFanu and
> > Richard Hughes, for example):
> > "Levinson sat at his desk in the middle of the room, looking at me
> > with his usual small, curiously sweet smile. A thin coil of smoke
> > wound upwards from the cigar resting on the edge of the ash-tray at
> > his right hand. The whole room smelt of it. His hands were on his
> > I said, 'Good evening,' and then saw that something was not quite
> > right. I had moved, but his eyes had not. He was warm, composed and
> > friendly, but quite dead.
> > I cannot stand dead and broken things...." [A Hive of Glass]
> > Note, as an aside, the narrator's basic indifference to the fate of
> > poor Levinson, but rather an egoistic reaction as to how he was
> > affected -- most of Hubbard's protagonists are basically amoral and
> > self-centered. Another of Hubbard's characteristics is a great
> > in describing an outré environment, usually involving an unpleasant
> > landscape with mud, overgrown trees, and rotting smells. In fact,
> > overdoes that as one will find on a marathon read -- one can only
> > so much of stinking tidal mud-flats bordered by a sinister wood.
> > he tends to be depressing; one needs to be in the mood for that.
> > Hubbard himself had an interesting life: winner of the Newdigate
> > poetry prize at Oxford, member of the Indian Civil Service for many
> > years before independence, contributor to the magazine 'Punch',
> > other things (never a truck driver or cowhand, though). Definitely
> > of the best of the mystery writers of the 20th Century.
> > Although he is not strictly a detective-story writer, Hubbard was
> > admired by critics as varied as Boucher and Barzun, and was lauded
> > 'mainstream' critics for his wit, clean prose style, and
> > characterization.
> > --------------------------------------
> > As you can see, another web page is in the works. But it will take
> > time, because reading too much Hubbard at once is depressing.