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Five by Dodge

More ebooks – it’s been a while since I last talked about pulp.

David Dodge (1910-1974) is one of my favorite authors when it comes to thriller crime fiction.
Dodge is universally known as the author of To Catch a Thief, from which Alfred Hitchcock made his classic caper movie featuring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, but in fact had a huge catalog of titles, most of which are hard to find and have never been reprinted in these last forty years.

To Catch A Thief

Apparently, Dodge – an accountant with a passion for amateur theater – had started his writing career on a dare: when he had complained about the poorly written crime novel he was reading on the beach, claiming he could do better, his wife Elva bet him five dollars that he could not.

David and Elva Dodge, Princeton, NJ, 1956

In 1941, David Dodge wrote Death and Taxes, and won his five bucks. Continue reading