A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
7/19/1993 Morons and Madmen arrive
July 19, 1993. This date saw the publication of Morons and Madmen, Earl Emerson's third novel about small town police chief Mac Fontana. He is asked to investigate a deadly fire in Seattle. A female firefighter is being blamed for the death of her co-workers. There is sexism, racism, and affirmative action involved. And, of course, someone tries to kill Mac.
One of the highlights of Fontana books are the chapter titles. For example, from this one
* Where you wake up in a puddle of cold sweat and your heart is pumping like a nuclear reactor with broken spokes.
* Survivors will be prosecuted
* Firefighters hiding in closets
* What to do when your head is screwed on backwards