Vintage Golden Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Cigarette or Pipe
Date Finished: March 25, 2016
Ah, it turns out that David Knight was really a pseudonym here for Richard S. Prather. It certainly reads as a very faithful adaptation of the Dragnet style, differing only in the time frame, as this novels follows the case of a cop killing from April to Christmas. Wrong leads are followed and at times the case is very cold. Joe Friday goes undercover with the typical Jack Webb tough-guy impersonation. The dialogue even follows the style with pronouns not being defined until the other character has to ask, “How’s that?” This gets to be a bit much after listening to the first four seasons of the radio show, several episodes of the 1950s series, the 1954 movie, and the 1967 revival series. At least Peggy Webber’s old lady character doesn’t appear.
Also, don’t smoke, Jack Webb! Those things will kill you, at like age 62.